Robin's Pet Squad
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People and dogs crossed paths more than 10,000 years ago, and since then they have lived with us, worked with us, protected us, and become part of our family lives. Dogs have shared more completely in our lives than any other animals.
Running Errands with your Dog in the car.... Don't do it!
June 1, 2020
Most dog owners know that you can’t leave a pet in a hot car. Temperatures can rise to dangerous levels in just minutes, putting your dog at risk of heat stroke. But what if you open a window a little bit? Does that make it safe to leave your dog in the car? The answer is simple: You should NEVER leave a dog alone in the car, even with the windows cracked. In some states, it’s even illegal. This was copied from: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/dogs-in-hot-cars/
The Dangers of Leaving your Pet in the Back Yard
June 1, 2020
robably not for long. There are so many dangers for cats outside now that they are given half the lifespan of indoor cats.
Inside cats do not know the dangers of outdoors. That's why I am so careful of not letting either of mine slip through my legs when I'm coming in and out of my apartment. No “escaping” for them. I've always considered it a death sentence if one did escape. I live on a busy street. They have never dealt with big metal objects with lights speeding at them and honking (cars). It's so open and scary out there. There are preditors (hawks, coyotes, PEOPLE) who could kill them. Poisons, contaminations. If they are bit by another cat with feline leukemia then they will get it too. They will have nobody taking care of them. No food. Nothing. They'll feel abandoned.
Feral cats are different. Born in the wild outdoors. They adapt to the outdoors. But they too die young from disease, accidents, having no medical care.
If you or anyone you know is planning on letting an indoor cat “free” outdoors. Please don't do it. There are plenty of people who will adopt it and give it lots of love. Bring it to a shelter. They will NOT be happier outside. They will NOT be able to fend for themselves.
How to stop Your Dog Digging
June 5th, 2020
he most effective digging deterrent smell we tested was red cayenne pepper.
Sprinkle a small amount of this powder wherever your dog is digging. Once your dog takes a sniff, he will avoid the area completely.
When inhaled, this red pepper will irritate your dog’s nostrils. You’ll know it’s worked because your dog will likely snort, shake his head or even run…
Most dogs don’t think digging is worth putting up with this pain – but don’t worry, it’s only temporary and harmless.
Best of all, you likely have a bottle of red cayenne pepper sitting in your pantry. Especially if you like spicy food as much as I do!
However, If your dog is a dig-o-holic, the small-sized jar in your pantry might not be enough. For this reason, I recommend buying in bulk – 6lbs will be more than enough for most yards.
The full post can be found here: https://doglab.com/stop-dog-digging/
Things you didn't Know about Your Dogs
June 6th, 2020
August 2, 2020
While a new puppy is fun and exciting and undoubtedly cute, puppies are a lot of work. From chewing on your most expensive shoes or your brand new couch, to accidents on the floor, here are a few helpful ways to start training your new furry friend. Keep in mind, training is never a one time thing, once your playful pup masters what you want to do. Training is ongoing.
There are 7 basic dog commands that you should teach your dog, which are Sit, Stay, Come, Down, Heel, Off and No. Once mastered, you can go off to fun tricks and more obedience.
Follow the below link for more information:
Does your dog or cat suffer from fleas and ticks?
August 7, 2020
Unfortunately, sometimes our dogs and cats can get fleas and ticks, especially in the spring, summer and fall months. If you're a pet owner that just can't get behind any of the medications offered online or by your vet, because those warning labels list some pretty scary stuff, (am I right?), then an alternative option is making your own, with safe, non toxic ingredients, probably already in your own home.
8 oz apple cider vinegar
4 oz warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
First, put the dry ingredients into a spray bottle and slowly add the liquids. Note: you're going to get a reaction, so hold it over the sink. Be sure to note your expiration date on the apple cider vinegar so you can note it on your spray bottle.
Store in a cool, dry place.
How to use:
This spray may not kill fleas and ticks, but these nasty bugs hate apple cider vinegar. The solution is likely to make fleas and ticks jump off of your dog and stay off, as long as you treat them regularly.
You can use this potion as you would an over-the-counter flea and or tick spray. You can treat bedding and spray it directly on your dog’s fur.
Obviously, be careful to avoid the face and eyes like you normally would.
This spray is natural and not toxic, so you can use your hands to massage it into the fur so it can reach the skin beneath.
Spray your pup once a week or when your dog starts scratching, and don’t forget to work the solution down into your pet’s skin.
Salt Burns to Dog/Cat Paws
January 28 2021
You guys! Winter’s here and while I know some of you and most of your fur babies LOVE the snow. But, along with winter comes the cold, ice, rain, and snow. These elements, along with freezing temps can wreak havoc on your dog/cat’s paws.
Rock salt (sodium chloride), as well as many other deicers, pose major hazards to your pets when applied in significant quantities to your driveway and other outdoor pavements. Being aware of these dangers and how to eliminate, or at least minimize, the risks to your cat or dog from rock salt can save your pet's health or even his/her life.
Salt Burns to Dog/Cat Paws
When you spread rock salt over your driveway and your pet then walks on the salt, or on a salt-water slush resulting from its melting of the snow/ice, the salt crystals can attach to the animal's paw pads and cause irritation and burning. It can also lead to inflammation, redness, soreness, and bacterial infection. While rock salt can also attach to fur and cause burns on other parts of your pet's body, the main problem is with the paws.
Using a "pet-friendly" deicer, sand mixed with a minimal amount of salt, and simply shoveling, snow blowing, or hiring a snow plow service are ways to deice without rock salt. You could also lay down walkway, stair or driveway grade snow-melting mats to keep an ice-free zone without resorting to rock salt.
Additionally, protect your dog/cat during winter by rinsing off his paws when he returns from an excursion outside. You can also use Mushers on their paws before going out for a walk. But, you guys, I recently discovered Pet Wants Newton, owned by Roz Hansen and she has a product that is comparable to Mushers called Paw Wax and it’s amazing! Her website is www.petwants.com.
Two of the best pet friendly de icers, links below, are:
Both can be found on Amazon (or click below):
If you have any questions, please let me know!
Winter & Stuck Inside Most Days??
February 9, 2021
You guys! During this pandemic, a lot of us are stuck inside most days, and as a dog owner, I know exactly how bored any pup can get during these long days and even longer nights. If you’re looking for some fun things to do with your dog, see the list below. A lot of these things can be done in the winter months.
Help Bobbie and Echo!
February 10, 2021
You guys! During this pandemic, a lot of us are stuck inside most days, and as a dog owner, I know exactly how bored any pup can get during these long days and even longer nights. Please Help Bobbie keep Echo!
Coats-Why do dogs need them?
February 18, 2021
You guys! Dog coats/clothing. Some people either love it or hate it. I personally think it’s adorable when a dog is wearing their new winter coat or the little booties that protect their feet from the harsh elements. First, why even buy your dog a coat? He or she is already covered in hair, right? Wrong. Coats are not just a fashion statement for your four legged friend. They can benefit breeds with thin body types like greyhounds and whippets, as they lose their body heat quickly. Some dogs even benefit from wearing a coat or sweater indoors like the Chinese Crested. And lastly, a coat will always keep your pup dry and clean as well as healthy. I say healthy, because some dog coats and clothing have nano-technology that reduces the spread of bacteria.
Be sure to take measurements before buying your dog a coat, because the worst is when you get it and it just doesn’t fit or is uncomfortable to your pup. Measure the back from the base of the neck where the collar lays to the base of the tail. If your dogs measurement is an odd number, go to the next highest size. Measure the neck in inches so that you will be able to tell how tight it will be on the dog if it is a non-adjustable style. You may also want to measure around the front of their chest to ensure proper fitting of the coat/clothing.
So, what material should you choose? If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain or wet snow, go with a waterproof coat. If it’s light rain and snow, a weatherproof coat is good too. Generally, the style of the coat is totally up to the owner, but take into consideration how your dog feels about clothing/coats, etc. The super cute coats you may like may not be beneficial to your pup. For example, if you have a very active dog, you don’t want a coat that restricts his or hers legs. But with a less active dog, the hoods and legging styles may be more suitable for them.
Whichever coat you choose for your dog, make sure they are loose fitting enough to be comfortable and do not leave your dog unattended in case they get hooked on anything. Below I have listed a few of the styles of coats I love for my dog and you can get them right on Amazon.
February 23, 2021
Dog friendly and seasonal, pumpkin is a versatile ingredient you can put in so many things for dogs. Pumpkin is a super food! You can even give them a tablespoon if they’re having diarrhea or an upset belly. Please be sure that you are buying pumpkin with no added sugar or flavoring.
The recipe for these pupcakes use gentle, safe for dogs ingredients for an easy to digest treat your dog will LOVE!
For the cake:
For the frosting:
Top 10 Must Haves For Your dog
March 4, 2021
Ok, you guys! During this awful pandemic, one of the best things that came out of it, was being able to spend so much time with my dog. Granted, I have a job that I can bring my dog to everyday because I’m a dog walker, but I know a lot of people are working from home and getting to spend time with their four legged friends. Getting to spend so much time with my girl, I kept buying things for her, toys, treats, coats, etc., and realized the below list of stuff were the best things for my dog. I’ve linked each one for you.
Women’s History Month…and DOGS!!
March 9, 2021
Ok, you guys! Everyone always says dogs are a man’s best friend, right? When it comes to advocacy and rescue, that honor goes to women. Women have always been at the front of animal rescue movement since the beginning.
After all, dogs are a girls best friend, am I right? Below are a list of these ladies and the pups that inspired them.
So guys, these are just a few of the amazing ladies, that have done and are doing great things for dogs. There are so many more. So let’s just celebrate all these wonderful women and the dogs they love!
The Best Places in & Around Waltham
to Walk your Dog
March 16, 2021
Hi you guys! So, as a dog walker in Waltham, MA (and surrounding towns) for over 10 years, I’ve come across a lot of places to walk dogs. Below are some of the best.
While commercial dog walkers need a license from the town to walk here, residents are allowed to come here without. The trails are long and go deep into the woods. There is a huge field with a very large pond in the middle of the park for your pup to swim. Nice clean water. The park is clean and families go to picnic here as well.
Another park you need a license from the town as a commercial dog walker. Which by the way, when you get it, you can take up to 5 dogs off leash, same as Cat Rock. These trails aren’t as big as Cat Rock, in my opinion, but there is a nice long 2ish mile trail that wraps around on one side. Lots of people walk dogs here.
This park consists of the greenway trail. The trails stretch over, I believe three different towns (listed above). While you must have your dogs leashed, there are spots where dogs can run and play off leash. The Waltham side usually has picnic tables and lots of kids and families in the summertime.
Tons of trails, lots of nature. Perfect for walkers, dog walkers, joggers and bicyclists. Entrance can be tricky to find, but the parking lot isn’t bad.
Lots of trails, and great for dog walkers, joggers and families. In addition to the trails, there are fields, wetlands and a brook. There used to be a farmers market located in the parking lot of this park, but due to COVID the market in the summer months has been relocated.
March 27, 2021
Whether you’ve lost a pet and are ready to adopt a new furbaby or it’s your first time adopting, or if you’re just adding to your family, Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury, MA is one of the places to check out. If one good thing has come out of the pandemic we are all living through, it is the need for companionship. And a lot of people have found that in animals.
If you’re not looking to adopt, but want to help out, the link to their page is below. You can donate items on their Amazon wish list and volunteer for a good cause.
As a dog walker in Waltham, MA, I have consults with so many people that have adopted these babies, and are giving them the absolute best life. These rescues are hoping for a second, maybe even a third or fourth chance, at life. To be happy and loved.
So why Buddy Dog Humane Society?
They care for and facilitate the the placement of stray and unwanted dogs and cats. Euthanasia is never practiced, unless of course it is humane to do so.
BD Humane Society is doing good things and Pet Wants Newton has a link on their page to donate a pound of kibble to the animals, for a very small monetary amount. Please be sure to check them out.
Buddy Dog Humane Society
Pet Wants Newton
What If Dogs Were Doctors?
March 30, 2021
Funny Conversations with Doctor Dog at the Clinic!
March 31, 2021
So you just got a new puppy, and he/she is signed up or already going to training or obedience classes. Which is awesome, but just like training, socialization is just as important. Training never ends, it should always be a constant in your dog's life. Whether it’s 2 hours a day or at least 15 minutes a day, dogs thrive off of obedience. It exercises their bodies as well as their minds. Just like training, if a dog is not well socialized, you will most likely have problems with him/her. Whether it’s timidness or aggression, it will come in time if your dog isn’t properly socialized. Some people love dog parks, and some fenced in dog parks have separate areas for just small dogs or just big dogs, they can be a huge help with socializing your dog. Another great alternative, when you are not able to take your dog out whether it be work or appointments or just a busy home life, is hiring a dog walker. Dog walkers take all different kinds of breeds of dogs, as well as all sizes, big and small. It’s important for your dog to be exposed to all different kinds and sizes of dogs. Puppies and seniors and everything in between. If you have a small breed of dog, and they get along with other small breeds, great! But if they’re scared of bigger dogs and they see one and then they bolt the other way, not so great. Same as if you have a large dog breed and they love small dogs but want nothing to do with bigger dogs, it can result in negative behavior.
When dogs are socialized properly, they will learn bite inhibition (this is learned from birth until they are adopted to their Forever homes, but some pups just don’t catch on). They’ll also learn when their playful personalities are “enough” for other dogs. Other dogs will correct your pup when they don’t want to be jumped on, chased, or if they just don’t want a puppy in their face constantly. Some dogs don’t catch onto bite inhibition when they are born with their litter and mom. This isn’t uncommon and you may see a lot of nipping and biting at home. If you have young kids, this can be nerve-racking. No one wants to get bit, even if the puppy is little. It can result in an excited child, which will only excite the puppy even more.
Sending your dog out with a dog walking company might not correct all of this, but it will definitely help. Proper socialization is key to your dog getting along with others and for everyone to have a fun experience in the parks with the other dogs. Your dog will be walked on or off leash in the woods, hiking with other dogs. During this time, as long as they consistently are part of a pack, they will not only be super tired which really helps with behavior and things like chewing or barking, it also helps with your training time.
Socialization is imperative for a good behaved dog. Leash aggression is also very real. You might find your dog is playful and happy and gets along with all dogs when he is off leash, but on leash, they’re aggressive and might lunge at people or other dogs that come close when you’re out walking him. Leash training gets easier when your dog is socialized in the right setting. Meaning, if you’ve signed up for an off leash playgroup, talk with your walker. Most playgroups are at least an hour long in the woods hiking. Maybe your dog walker will agree to 10, 15 or 20 minutes on leash while meeting other dogs in the woods, which will then in return help while you’re out walking your pup around the neighborhood. Consistency is key with any dog.
Remember, when you have a puppy play date, make sure to always reward your dog with positive reinforcement when he does something good, or when he’s being good. If he’s playing with another dog, talk to him in a friendly voice, tell him good boy, good job. You can even offer training treats or a high value treat (high value treats are treats that your dog wouldn’t normally get, cheese, a small piece of meat, etc. ) Your dog will respond positively. As long as you continue to socialize your dog, they will behave and be pleasant to be around humans and other dogs. If you do not keep socialization as a consistent part of your dog's life, same as training, you will start to see them regress. They’ll chew things up, dig holes in the yard, lunge at other dogs and people.
All dogs should be socialized and it should start at a young age. If you have an older dog, or maybe a rescue that you are unaware of his background, he can still be socialized, but you may have to take slower steps in doing so.
April Is Pet First Aid Awareness Month
April 5, 2021
You guys! A whole month dedicated to Pet First Aid Awareness. As an animal lover and dog walker, pet first aid (and CPR) are a huge deal to me. I don’t just walk your dogs. I take them on super fun hikes in the woods, on trails, snow, shine and rain. We, of course, take all measures to ensure your pets safety. But, we know all too well, anything could happen at any time. A broken foot from running through the woods to a seizure. Both of which have happened to me, and I was so glad I knew the proper measures to take to not only make sure the dog was ok, but also transporting the little munchkin to the vet. This is just life guys, it happens. But, what better peace of mind than to know how to administer first aid and/or if (hopefully not) needed, CPR?
April Is Pet First Aid Awareness Month
April 10, 2021
5 Ways to Encourage Positive Behavior in your dog
With Warmer Weather, Comes Pests!
April 21, 2021
You guys! Summer is coming!!! And spring is already here. We all (well most of us), love the warmer months. There’s so much to do outside and now that everyone’s getting vaccinated and more places are opening up, we will be outside a lot! I don’t know about you, but I certainly cannot wait!
With the warmer months, comes the pests. And ticks in particular can be an absolute nightmare. Walking dogs in the woods, both the walkers and dogs tend to pick up ticks somewhere along the way. They’re awful and even though most people have some kind of flea and tick medication on their dogs whether it be Frontline or a tick collar, ticks can still find their way onto your dog. As dog walkers, we do our best to check each and every dog before they get back into our cars and before they go back into your homes. Sometimes we may miss them, so we just ask you do a double check for ticks when you’re home with them. It’s almost a guarantee that if your dog is out hiking, even a leashed neighborhood walk, it’s bound to happen that you find a tick on them.
We know it’s not fun and we know it can be alarming when you find a tick that’s attached to your babies. We will continue to do our best to check them!
May 14, 2021
You guys!!! Hi!!! So, it’s getting warmer, which means my favorite season is approaching! Summer!! I know not everyone loves the heat, but after the year we had, we really need to get outside and just be outside. Doing fun stuff with our dogs.
Summertime and it’s hot, most dogs love to swim or at least play in the water. I’m listing a few great parks to bring your pups to this summer to make new friends and get some swimming in! As a dog walker in Waltham, Newton, Dedham and Weston I’m always looking for the cool dog spots.
Cat Rock park in Weston MA-note, parking only available to Weston residents on the weekends. The park is off leash, as long as your dog is under voice command. If you do the whole loop, halfway through it will open up to a huge field and a great big fresh pond for your furry friends to play in!
Wilson Mountain in Dedham MA-awesome trails here and at the back left you’ll find a huge pond for your dog to swim and play in. There is a leash law, but a lot of residents go back to the pond as long as your dog is good off leash and responds to recall and such, you’ll be fine. I’ve met so many people here and some pretty awesome dogs.
Lowell Woods in Westwood MA-at the end of Sandy valley road there’s a parking lot that leads into the woods. This park is super clean and well maintained, just like the others. This park however is huge and there’s a pond if you follow the second trail to your left when you walk in. There are signs along the way to help you find it.
Definitely visit one or more of these places this summer with your pup. Your dog will thank you for it!
Dog Friendly Restaurants!
May 27, 2021
Dog Friendly restaurants and bars in Newton!
You guys! Hi!! We are almost into June and I’m super excited for the warm summer days! Especially since so many restrictions are being lifted with Covid, but remember to keep doing your part to stay safe.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always ready for ice cream, cold adult beverages and good food when the summer is here. And what’s better than to enjoy all that with your dog?! I’m listing a few dog friendly places below in Newton, MA for you guys to check out.
First and foremost, ice cream! J.P. Licks in Newton, MA dogs are welcome at outside seating but orders are placed inside. Make sure you order your pup “Cow Paws”.
Sandwich Works in Newton, Ma has amazing sandwiches as soups, smoothies, coffees and breakfast! They provide water bowls for your four legged friend as well.
O’Hara’s Food and Spirits in Newton, MA is an Irish pub, with a full bar. Dogs are welcome in the pet friendly outdoor seating area.
These are just a few guys, Newton has a lot to offer. As a dog walker in Newton and Waltham, MA, I’ll definitely be stopping at a few this summer.
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