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Preparing Your Dog For The Snow

Preparing Your Dog For The Snow!

 

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When you think of Australia, you don’t automatically think of the snow, but in winter there is quite a bit of it to be found! Popular ski resorts such as Thredbo and Corin Forest are a winter wonderland for humans and on special occasions such as ‘Dogs Day Out In The Snow’, you even get to share the fun with your four legged friends.

However, dogs aren’t quite as tough and resilient as you may think. They have been domesticated and have come to love the creature comforts of a modern home over thousands of years, just like us. Long gone are the days where they were wild and tough; Charlie the Cavoodle hates getting cold just like we do!

 

Keep Dogs Warm



There are many dog breeds which have thinner hair and less muscle mass and fat, such as greyhounds and whippets and these guys need a coat. It’s not just as a fashion statement, but it helps to keep their core body temperature warm and protect them from a drop in temperature and cold winds.

If your dog usually has a kennel outside, it might be worth setting up a bed inside the home on colder nights, and also towel them down after they’ve been for a walk in the wet and snow. This not only stops a chill setting in on your dog but prevents that damp dog smell that can begin to reside in your home and be difficult to get rid of.

 

Older Dogs And The Snow



Older dogs, just like their masters get aches, pains, and stiffness in the cold. Keep them warm in a jacket, and you might want to invest in some little dog booties too. They may look a bit funny and like a fad, but they can protect delicate paws. You might also want to adjust their intake of food. If Max the middle aged Labrador isn’t running about as much, furry tummies can begin to grow, and it can cause health problems for an older dog to become overweight.

 

Don’t Let Dogs Eat Snow!



It might be new and different for your pooch to experience snow, and they love to play, run, and roll around in it! But, it’s wise to keep an eye on your dog and make sure they don’t eat the snow. Snow and ice can bring down the core temperature of your dog, and roadside snow is the worst. It’s full of debris, salt, and other nasties which could harm and possibly poison your dog.

 

Be A Good Dog Owner



Do right by your dog and anyone else out in the snow by cleaning up after your dog, even in the snow! You might think it will be hidden in the snowfall, but as we all know, snow melts and it’s not right to leave frozen dog poop mixing with slush and water as the snow melts away.

Dogs love being with their owners, wherever they are, but remember, just like us they need to be kept warm and dry to have maximum fun in the snow!

 

grehound in jacket   dog covered in snow

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Can Owning A Dog Improve Mental Health?

Can Owning A Dog Improve Mental Health?

 

Humans love dogs. Fact. Since the first known domestication of dogs more than 12,000 years ago we have become obsessed. Today social media feeds are bursting with cute photos, funny videos, and even dogs who have their own dedicated Instagram feeds which have millions of followers. Some dogs are more internet famous than some human celebrities!

 

Sure, dogs are cute, but owning one can bring some valuable benefits. Studies have shown that owning a dog can improve someone’s mental state, they make a positive difference to someone suffering anxiety or depression and calm a stressed out child. Dogs don’t talk, and they certainly don’t have a degree in psychology, so how can a humble doggo make things better for someone struggling with mental health issues?

 

“Pawsitive Steps is about embracing a holistic approach to address mental illness with a focus on removing stigma and changing attitudes within Australian communities.”

Ryan Tracey - Pawsitive Steps Committee Member

 

Dogs may not be able to counsel you through tough periods quite like a human would, but they have their own powers which reach into us humble humans and help us  to get back on track.

How Dogs Can Improve Mental Health

 

Routine

Your four legged friend still needs to be fed, watered and walked, no matter how you are feeling. When the last thing you want to do is get out of bed or leave your home, that’s when your canine companion will need you to step up and take care of them, even if it takes just a few minutes.  This break can often be just enough to turn a day around. A regular routine and structure is known to be beneficial to those who have mental illness and those with autism and Asperger's syndrome.

 

Non-Verbal Communication

Humans at our very core crave touch as a primary human need.  Having your dog nuzzle into you when you feel highly anxious or stressed can bring immediate feelings of calm. For a young person suffering from depression, a dog can also become a trusted ally. A friend who understands, without judging or wanting to talk all the time.  Dogs are also intuitive, and once a bond between dog and owner is established, it becomes special and unbreakable.

 

Fitness

If you are a dog owner, you have to exercise!  Even the tiniest of dogs need to get out in the open air for a walk or to run in the park and let off some steam. Keeping fit and exercise has long been known to have a positive impact on those who have mental illness and becoming a dog owner means getting out in the fresh air and meeting fellow dog owners on a daily basis.

Reduce The Feeling Of Isolation

Teenagers and older people can both suffer from feelings of isolation and loneliness. Owning a dog brings great companionship and four legged friends have been life-long friends of humans for thousands of years for good reason.

 

Statistics show that suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians. It’s a sad, tragic epidemic which needs to be talked about and not hidden in the shadows of taboo and shame.  That’s why local community events as Pawsitive Steps are so important. Pawsitive Steps is hosting its annual event on 27th August 2017 hosting two community walks (with, or without a dog!), along plenty of stalls, activities and free doggy treats. The entire event is about promoting mental health awareness, and the benefits which owning a dog can bring.  Local councils who are getting behind such initiatives are paving the way, bringing mental health to the fore and gaining wider recognition and support to reducing this extraordinary and gut-wrenching suicide numbers.

 

Sam Fairweather, owner of Australian Owned HPA Group, is a local businessman supporting Pawsitive Steps by supplying free dog poop bags for the event. Sam says:-

 

“Any event which aims to recognise and reduce mental illness in our communities needs full support from every member of our community.  Dogs as therapy is something myself and HPA Group genuinely get behind, and we are committed to helping other community-based dog events throughout 2017.”

 

However, before picking up the phone and calling your local dog shelter, there are a few things to consider first.

 

Do you fully understand what is needed to provide a happy, healthy forever home to a dog?

 

Have you worked out how much it will cost? Can you afford a dog?

 

What kind of dog do you need?  A terrier will bring bundles of energy, character and playfulness which might be ideal for a younger person. A retriever, or collie will need to be stimulated and challenged; all working dogs like to have a purpose and a ‘job’ to do. A slightly older dog might be ideal for a senior who can only go on short walks and is looking for a companion dog.  Your local animal shelter can advise you on the type of dog and temperament which will be the right fit for you.  

 

Once you take your new companion in and give them a forever home, the rewards you will gain are sure to outweigh any material cost. Owning a dog really can improve your mental health and the health of your loved ones.  If you are worried about depression, suicide, or want to talk to someone reach out to Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

 

Pawsitive Steps

Sunday 27th August

From 9am

Bella Vista Oval, Bella Vista NSW

 

Need free samples for your community dog event?

Contact Jo-Ann Duff at Pr@hpa.com.au

 

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Love Your Dog, Love The Environment – Eco Friendly Dog Poop Disposal

Love Your Dog, Love The Environment – Eco Friendly Dog Poop Disposal

 

They say a dog is a man’s best friend. That’s true, and this is why many people want to own dogs. But having a dog comes with its own set of responsibilities – mainly picking up after them. The Flush Doggy Poop calculator says that a 40 pound dog will produce about 273 pounds of poo each year. Are you ready to handle this much? And what about your waste disposal method? Is it Eco-friendly? Let’s discuss some green ways to handle doggy doo.

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Removing Dog Poop from Yard – The Art And Science Behind It

Removing Dog Poop from Yard – The Art And Science Behind

It,Let’s discuss dog poop. For normal people, it’s a disgusting thing. But for long time dog owners, it can be an everyday discussion topic. Proud dog owners have more than a passing interest in this topic. Long-time dog owners will most certainly have invented their own poop disposal systems, and they are unlikely to be in the need of a tutorial. But if you are a new owner, and you don't understand what to do with the poop, we have explained simple dog waste disposal solutions below.

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Doggy Poo –What to Do?

Doggy Poo – What to Do?

Although taking your dog out is a bonding activity, it would be wise to carry dog poo bags along. This prevents your dogs from dirtying the streets. You might have heard about the phrase, “curb your dog”. It means taking care of your dog business once he is done with it. And how do you do that? Let us help you.

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