If you’re like most dog owners, your furry friend is more than just a pet, they’re a member of the family. And just like any other family member, you want to find ways to spend quality time together. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 17 fun things you and your dog can do together.
- Go for a walk or run. This one is pretty obvious, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s such a great way to bond with your pup while getting some exercise at the same time. Plus, it’s an activity that can be done no matter what the weather is like outside.
- Play fetch. A classic game of fetch is the perfect way to keep your dog entertained and it doesn’t require much effort on your part either.
- Have a picnic in the park. Swap out your usual lunch spot for a picnic blanket in the park instead. Most parks have designated areas where dogs are allowed off-leash, so your pup can explore while you enjoy your meal in peace. Just be sure to clean up after yourself when you’re done.
- Go swimming. Dogs love water just as much as humans do, so hit the pool or beach with your pup on a hot day for some fun in the sun. Just be sure to keep an eye on them at all times and never leave them unsupervised around water.
- Take a trip to the dog park. The dog park is the perfect place to socialize shy pups or tire out hyperactive ones. And bonus, you might even make some new friends yourself.
- Bath your dog. This one might not sound like fun, but your dog will love getting clean (and you’ll love the ensuing cuddles). Just be sure to use dog-specific shampoo and avoid getting any water in their ears.
- Go hiking. If you and your dog are the outdoor types, consider going for a hike together. There are plenty of trails across the country that are dog-friendly, so you can explore to your heart’s content. Just be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for both of you.
- Have a movie night. Curl up on the couch with your furry friend and enjoy a movie night. Pop some popcorn, grab some blankets, and snuggle up for a cozy evening.
- Make homemade dog treats. Dogs love treats, so why not make your own? There are tons of easy recipes online that use healthy ingredients so you can feel good about giving them to your pup. Plus, they’ll love the extra attention.
- Go on a road trip. Road trips are even more fun when you have a furry friend along for the ride. Plan out some dog-friendly stops along the way and enjoy quality time together in the car. For long adventures remember to utilize a dog carrier for added comfort during transport.
- Visit a dog-friendly brewery or winery. More and more breweries and wineries are becoming pet-friendly, so take advantage of it and bring your pup along for a taste test. Just be sure to keep them well-behaved and on a leash at all times.
- Attend a dog show or other pet-friendly event. There are all sorts of events that welcome dogs, from agility competitions to obedience trials. And even if you’re not interested in participating, it’s still fun to watch.
- Go camping. Camping is a great way to bond with your dog and connect with nature. Just be sure to do your research beforehand to find a dog-friendly campground and pack everything you need for a comfortable trip.
- Have a photo shoot. Dress up your pup in their favorite outfit and have a mini photo shoot right in your backyard. You can even turn it into a fun game of fetch by using their favorite toy as bait. They’ll love the attention and you’ll end up with some adorable pictures.
- Enroll in a dog training class. Learning new tricks is a great way to bond with your dog and keep its mind active. It’s also a good way to socialize shy pups or those who need to work on their obedience.
- Go geocaching. Geocaching is like a real-life treasure hunt, and it’s a great way to explore your city with your dog by your side. There are even dog-specific geocaches that are designed to be easy for them to find.
- Visit a petting zoo. Petting zoos are a fun and unique way to spend time with your dog. They’ll get to meet all sorts of different animals as well as smells to experience. Just be sure to wash your hands afterward (and maybe your dog too).
From exploring new trails to attending dog-friendly events, there’s something for every pup (and their owner) on this list. No matter what you choose to do, spending time with your dog is guaranteed to be fun. So get out there and enjoy quality time together. Your pup will love you for it.
Moving with Pets: Expert Advice for a Stress-Free Transition for Your Furry Friends
Attention, pet parents! We understand the significance of your furry friends in your lives. They are not just pets; they are part of your family. That’s why it is crucial to plan and ensure a smooth transition for your pets’ well-being when it comes to moving.
Fortunately, Bethesda Movers have assisted numerous families in moving with their pets and have gathered expert advice to help guarantee a stress-free transition for your furry friend.
Begin with a Visit to the Vet
Before commencing any moving preparations, visit your vet for a checkup and obtain copies of your pets’ medical records, including vaccination records. This step is especially important if you are crossing state lines or international borders, as each country has different requirements for pet travel. Also, discuss potential health conditions that may complicate the move or require special considerations during transportation.
Familiarize Your Pet with Their Carrier/Crate
For most types of pet transportation, carriers must ensure their safety during the move. You can make the carrier more appealing by placing snacks or their favorite toy inside. Introduce the carrier gradually and positively, allowing your pet to spend time inside to become comfortable with its size limitations.
Research Pet-Friendly Accommodations and Surroundings in Your New Area
If you are moving nearby, contact friends who might have helpful information about specific areas surrounding your new location. Consider nearby dog parks or other destinations your pet is familiar with when exploring housing options.
Helping Your Pet Adjust to the New Home
Your pet needs something familiar in their new surroundings. Prepare a spot for them with their bed, bring their old blanket, or recreate a corner from their previous living space. Ensure they have access to familiar food and water, and provide an area for them to play and feel at ease in your new house.
Update Your Pet’s Personal Information
Ensure that your pet’s identification tags have current contact information. Microchipping is also a reliable option for permanent identification, especially if your pet becomes lost during the move.
Pack a Bag for Your Pet During the Move
Similar to packing for yourself, it is important to pack a bag for your pet with all the essentials for the journey. Include enough food, medication, portable dishes, toys, comfort blankets, and other necessary items like leashes. It’s better to have more than not enough!
Prioritize Safe Travel
When choosing the mode of travel, prioritize safety and comfort over convenience. Opt for air-conditioned cabins for flights or train rides, separate from luggage. If you prefer driving, make regular stops to provide rest and walk-around time for all passengers, including your furry companions.
Settling into the New Home
Once you arrive safely at your new home with your pets, give them time to adjust without constant supervision. Let them explore each room at their own pace. Offering familiar food during this period will help ease their adjustment process.
There you have it! These quick tips, based on the expertise of experienced movers, can assist you in relocating your furry family members. Remember, on a moving day, prioritize the well-being of your pets above all else.
Broadway Barks Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary
Bernadette shows her love for the stars of the day_
New York may be in the midst of the dog days of summer, but on Saturday, the atmosphere in Times Square was hazy, hot and adorable, especially on Shubert Alley where Broadway Barks celebrated its 25th Anniversary. It was twenty five years ago when Bernadette Peters was starring in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway that she and fellow animal lover Mary Tyler Moore decided to start an event to help animal adoption agencies. Over the years the event has flourished and raised money for over two dozen rescue houses and shelters.
The event began at 3 pm when vans of dogs and cats arrived to be held, petted and loved in the hopes of finding a home. Ms Peters walked through Shubert Alley and down 46th Street, greeting the two legged volunteers and playing and petting their four legged friends. For the next two hours animal lovers from around the tri-state area enjoyed the company of these beautiful creatures
Beginning 5 o’clock and lasting until 7 the stage was filled with a steady stream of celebrities from film, TV and of course Broadway; but, the stars of the evening were the dogs that they introduced to the crowd. From a young tiny chihuahua to a grown Great Dane the crowds oohed and aahed as the presenters narrated the histories of these animals, speaking for those who could not.
The two hours flew by thanks to Ms Peters and her cohost, Randy Rainbow, the Emmy nominated singer who has created numerous musical parodies that became internet sensations, especially during the Covid years. In fact, Mr Rainbow wrote a parody especially for this event which was performed by Josh Groban and the cast of Sweeney Todd; Sweeney Dog, The Pooch of West 45th Street.
Recent Tony winners Alex Newell, Bonnie Milligan, Victoria Clark, and J Harrison Ghee were joined by their castmates to present some popular pooches. Emmy and Oscar nominees and winners such as Laurie Metcalf, Marsha Mason, Carol Kane, Eric McCormick and Jason Alexander all took second billing to their respective canine costars.
The entire event was a success as funds were raised to support the shelters in attendance and especially for a few of these special animals because I saw some new pet owners taking home their new best friends.
The event was produced by Broadway Cares and the New York City area animal shelters and adoption agencies that were represented on July 8th were: 1 Love 4 Animals, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniels Rescue, Adopt A Boxer Rescue, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Animal Care & Control (ACC), Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Best Friends Animal Society, Bide-a-wee, Bobbi and the Strays, City Critters, Francis’s Friends, Hearts and Bones Rescue, Husky House, Linda’s Cat Assistance, Little Shelter, Long Island Bulldog Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Muddy Paws Rescue, Pet ResQ Inc., SaveKitty Foundation, Second Chance Rescue, SPCA of Westchester, Urban Cat League, and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue.
Georgina Bloomberg, Rita Cosby, Jeanine Pirro and Lara Trump For Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
Approximately 7.2 million cats and dogs enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Each year, approximately 2.6 dogs and cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters annually.
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC wants to make a difference and T2C attended their “Cocktails for Canines” this week. This not-for-profit raised funds and awareness to help animals in need and was co-chaired by Georgina Bloomberg and Lara Trump.
The money raised is for a development of the center is a project which has been 3 years in the making. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC is excited to have come this far. Despite raising $150,000 at the Gala, the charity still anticipates requiring approximately $150,000 to get the rescue center ready, to open it and start taking in dogs.
Notable Attendees included:
Jackie O’Sullivan, Stacey Silverstein,
Marin Gellar, Olga Ferrara, Tijana Ibrahimovic,
Randi Schatz, S Jennifer Martucci, Nicole Tufano, Mrs. Moadelovddian, Mrs. Shanoz, Margaret Luce, Leesa Rowland, Cagri Kanver, Nadja Sayej, Marcy Warren, Brigitte Segura.
Giving out goodies and treats were:
Music at the Gala was donated by Allen Dalton Entertainment Group, and spinning was World Renowned DJ Superdave.
How Soon Can I Start Training My Puppy?
Different training methods can be used to train puppies depending on their age. Most often, puppies can begin training at 8 weeks old.
How Soon Can I Start Training a Puppy?
Becoming a new pet parent can be exciting. When you first bring your puppy home, you are likely eager to start training, so that you and your puppy can live a happier life together. Puppies can begin learning skills when they are very young. Many breeders or rescues will begin some training as soon as puppies start to eat solid food. By the time your puppy comes home, your puppy is old enough to start learning life skills and what to expect each day.
Begin Training at Home
Puppies usually have their first vaccinations around 8 weeks old then continue to receive vaccinations until around 16-18 weeks. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommends that puppies start group classes as soon as 7 days after their first set of vaccinations, provided only health puppies are coming to class and appropriate sanitation procedures are in place. Unfortunately this type of class is not available in all areas. In some places, there is a higher risk for infectious disease. For puppies who have not finished their vaccinated series, especially in some areas, it may be safer to begin training in your home rather than at a facility. Virtual dog training programs provide a safe way for you to start training your puppy without bringing them to a facility around other dogs and puppies. These programs typically involve one-on-one training through live sessions with a trainer, decreasing the risk of your puppy being exposed to disease.
Puppy Development Stages
Puppy training may need to be adjusted depending on how old your puppy is. Having one-on-one sessions with a trainer is the best way to ensure that you are tailoring the training to your pup’s specific behavior.
Here are some different categories for training your puppy:
- Socialization: Puppy socialization typically occurs around 3 weeks old and can continue until around 12 weeks when puppies finish this developmental milestone. Specific behavioral markers indicate the start and end of this stage when positive exposure can have lifelong impacts for a puppy.
- Leash Training: While we may not want to walk in your neighborhood or at parks until vaccinations are complete, your puppy can begin learning how to walk next to you and on a leash in your home or in your backyard. This can start when your puppy comes home.
- Crate Training: Confinement can make pet parenting easier. It can be very helpful to give your puppy a safe space while you are away or occupied. Many breeders and rescues will begin crate training before puppies go home to make travel and the transition easier. Your puppy can start learning about this when he comes home.
- House Training: This is another area where puppies can begin training before coming home. Many breeders and rescues raising litters of puppies will start the process when the puppies are only a few weeks old and are learning to stay clean. House training should start or continue when your puppy comes home, though it may take a few weeks or longer until he is reliable when not supervised.
The timeline of when training should happen can be adjusted depending on your puppy’s behavior.
When to Start House Training
As a new pet parent, you may be eager to start house training your puppy. When puppies are young, their bladder is much smaller, making them incapable of holding their bathroom breaks for long periods of time. As they grow, these bathroom breaks can be spread much farther apart.
Consistency and patience is key to successfully house training your puppy. Maintaining consistent training and a continuous bathroom schedule can help your dog learn what type of potty behavior is encouraged, and what isn’t.
Is It Always Best to Train a Puppy at Home?
Training a puppy from home comes with a multitude of benefits. For one, home is likely where you want your puppy to exhibit the most desired behavior. It is also likely where they will spend most of their time. When you train at a facility, you lose the benefit of encouraging your dog’s desired behavior in an area that they are familiar with. After continuous training, your dog may begin to associate your home with being a place in which certain desired behavior is most expected.
Another reason to train your dog at home is to eliminate the distractions that could come with group puppy training sessions. Not all dogs are ready to focus when surrounded by other furry friends. One-on-one training at home removes those distractions, allowing your puppy to focus on the goals at hand.
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog: “Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar”
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is excited to announce its newest exhibit, “Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar”, open April 5th through September 4th, 2023. This innovative traveling exhibition was developed in partnership between the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) and The AKC Museum of the Dog.
“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to display this beautiful and extensive collection of dog collars understanding of the collar as both art and object and how its design changed in relation to different dog breeds and their uses.,” said Alan Fausel, AKC Museum of the Dog’s Adjunct Curator. “It is especially exceptional when displayed alongside one of the greatest collections of dog art.”
This unique show presents an array of dog collars from the NSLM’s collection. Perhaps the largest collection of its kind, 187 dog collars were generously donated in 2014 by Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan, of which 63 will be on display. Fine art from the AKC Museum of the Dog and American Kennel Club Collections will help develop an understanding of the collar as both art and object and how its design changed in relation to different dog breeds and their uses.
The exhibition is curated by NSLM’s George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Deputy Director & Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer. A comprehensive essay on the history of the dog collar by Dr. Greenan, former NSLM Board Member, will be featured in the accompanying catalogue. This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan, Garth Greenan Gallery, and Mark Anstine and Marianna Lancaster.
For more information on the exhibit or the Museum, please visit www.museumofthedog.org.
Founded in 1982, The AKC Museum of the Dog is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts, and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship. The museum is home to over 1700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man’s best friend throughout the ages. The AKC Museum of the Dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations.
Get social! Follow the AKC Museum of the Dog on Facebook at @akcmuseumofthedog, Twitter at @akcMOD and Instagram at @museumofthedog.
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