Purebred dog in lake with tennis ball.

Dogs and Swimming: From the Lake to the Ocean, Here’s What You Need to Know

Nothing says summer like a refreshing dip in your preferred body of water. And while we love to bring our pups along, when it comes to dogs and swimming, not all dogs are created equal. Some breeds, such as the aptly named Portuguese Water Dog, are born to be strong swimmers. But, just as with…

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How was your long weekend? Did you hit the cottage? Visit friends? Go camping? If you did, and brought your four-legged friend along, you’re aware that it takes some planning. So, we thought we would share some tips for stress-free travelling with your pup. When travelling with your pup, your first big decision will probably be your mode of transportation. In a perfect world, your destination is a quick car ride away. But we all know we don’t live in a perfect world. So, let’s take a look at some ways you can make the travel part of the trip as easy as a walk in the park! Make Travelling with Your Pup as Easy as a Walk in the Park Planes: We recommend avoiding air travel with your dog(s) whenever possible. The experience itself is already stressful – even for calm dogs – and the cargo hold does not make for a pleasant experience. If you have a large dog that has to fly, make sure you check their seasonal cut-off dates for allowing dogs (and other pets) in the cargo hold, due to extreme heat and/or extreme cold. If you have a small dog? Check your airline in advance for their rules and regulations around taking small breeds on-board with you. In some cases, they may be allowed in the cabin. Trains: Amtrak allows dogs to travel with their owners – with some restrictions: “…dogs and cats up to 20 pounds for trips up to seven hours on most routes (some restrictions apply*). Our check-in process is simple, making traveling with your four-legged friend easy and enjoyable.” Via Rail also allows small breed dogs to travel in their rail cars with their owners, but has many restrictions regarding size, etc. Of course, the policy does not apply to service and support dogs. Automobiles: Luckily, many dogs enjoy a car ride. For those who don’t, there are a few ways to address this. First, try positive reinforcement, taking your dog on regular drives with favourite toys or a treat. If that doesn’t help, talk to your vet. It’s possible that your dog is suffering from motion sickness. Schedule breaks every three to five hours so your pup can stretch their legs and relieve themselves. And in case the worst should occur, have some emergency vet clinics mapped out along the way. What to Bring, and Where to Stay Bring a generous amount of day-to-day supplies. Because there’s nothing worse than running out of something half way to your destination! • A leash and collar (with tags) • Crate/kennel • Food and treats • Lots of water (and a water bowl!) • A cuddly blanket • Waste bags • Favourite toys • First aid kit • Life vest (if heading to water) • Enough medication if required If embarking on a very long car ride, map out rest-stops and/or overnight accommodations well in advance. Not all hotels or inns will welcome your dog the same way they welcome you. But, pet-friendly accommodations are out there. When doing your research, consider options like first-floor rooms for easy late-night elimination, location (is there somewhere for your dog to romp and get some energy out?), and conveniences (you might prefer room service to leaving your dog alone while you grab breakfast). If you’re lucky, you might even find a place that offers extra amenities for your dog like special beds and dog services. When Travelling with Your Pup Isn’t the Best Option Finally, consider whether travelling with your pup is really the only option. Often, the best choice for everyone (your dog included) is to do what’s best for them. Yes, they’ll miss you, and you’ll miss them, but dealing with an upset, unsettled, stressed out pet (especially one you love so much) does not a relaxing vacation make. Ask a family member or friend if they can take your dog in for the duration of your trip. Or, consider an in-home sitter, or even a reputable breeder’s kennel. Get recommendations from people you trust and do a test-run before your trip to get your dog used to the sitter or the kennel environment. It might cost you a few extra dollars, but you’ll come home refreshed and relaxed, to a happy, healthy dog just thrilled to see you. Whichever route you take, good luck and safe travels!

The Dog Days of Summer: Tips for Travelling with Your Pup

How was your long weekend? Did you hit the cottage? Visit friends? Go camping? If you did, and brought your four-legged friend along, you’re aware that it takes some planning. So, we thought we would share some tips for stress-free travelling with your pup. When travelling with your pup, your first big decision will probably…

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Dog Leash Etiquette: What to Know and What to Avoid

With the summer weather finally upon us, getting the dog out for a great walk is our top priority. Leash walking your dog has many benefits and setting yourself up for success is well worth the effort. But are you aware that there are a few dog leash etiquette rules you should be following? While…

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Dogs at Play: Is That Fun Fighting or Fight Fighting? Here’s What You Need to Know

Despite tens of thousands of years of domestication, sometimes it seems it seems that dogs aren’t too far removed from their wolf’ish origins. And nowhere is that more evident than during play time! What to a casual observer might look like a snarling, biting cage match, to one who understands the psychology of dogs at…

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Two muddy, very wet, purebred dogs standing in a shallow body of water.

Seasonal Hazards-What To Watch For When Spring Has Sprung

When winter turns to spring, often new pet dangers come with it – not the least of which is spring flooding. This year, floodwaters in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick have risen to historic levels, closing roads and highways and forcing thousands of people from their homes. And when people have to evacuate, so to…

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Happy purebred puppy romping toward viewer, with graphic cannabis leaf image.

Medical Cannabis Products for Dogs: What You Should Know

Veterinarians often prescribe the same medications for dogs that a human would take. But in my 20 plus years of clinical veterinary practice, I can’t recall a time when clients and vets have had the same interest (and so many unanswered questions) about the same topic – medical cannabis products, especially cannabidiol (CBD). It’s been…

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Considering a Cannabis Product for Your Dog? Here’s What You Should Know

In Medical Cannabis Products for Dogs: What You Should Know, the first of a two-part series, Sarah Silcox, DVM explains what you need to know about medical cannabis and for dogs. In this second part of the series, Dr. Silcox explains what you need to know if you’re considering a cannabis product for your pet, There…

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Welcome to Purebred Posts

Hi everyone, and welcome to Purebred Posts! We’re very excited to have this new, dedicated space to share the latest news and information about the world of purebreds.  The PuppyViewer community has been connecting breeders and owners for a while now, and this space will continue to do the same. However, we also firmly believe…

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