Summertime is here which means more time spent outdoors and plenty of vacations planned! While you’re planning your next getaway, you’ll need to weigh your options on whether to bring your pet along for the ride or book them a reservation at a pet resort.
Your pets are part of your family, so we know you hate leaving them out of the fun, but it’s not always practical to bring them along! By bringing your dog to a boarding facility, you can ensure that they will be in a healthy living atmosphere, interacting with other dogs! Here at Central Bark, your dog will get to play in one of our designated play areas all day, or they can get pampered at our full service grooming salon. Here are some advantages to boarding while you’re on vacation:
—Around the clock care: When you choose a boarding facility, you can be assured that your pup is getting the care they need. When you board your pet with Central Bark, we make sure they get plenty of exercise and play time, and personal attention.
—Security: By bringing your dog to a boarding facility, you can be sure that they will be safe and secure while you’re gone. Don’t forget to check out our Webcams as well to watch your furry family member while you’re on vacation!
Here are some other reasons why taking your pet on vacation with you can be difficult:
–Your pet may get travel anxiety. Traveling can be hard on pets: from flying or long car rides, to being in new surroundings, to visiting somewhere that’s unfamiliar. This can become very stressful for your pet.
–Your pet might become uneasy in an unfamiliar room they don’t recognize, like a hotel room. Dogs love routine, so a new hotel room could be confusing to them. In unfamiliar territory, dogs tend to bark or act strange, which could become a burden for you while you’re on vacation.
–Not all places are pet friendly. While more and more businesses are opening their doors to pets, there are still plenty that are not. Depending on where you’re headed, the pet-friendliness of the locale might limit your travel and sightseeing options.
If it is not practical to bring your dog on vacation with you, Central Bark can provide them with a fun vacation of their own while you are away! Visit our Website for more information!
As dog owners we always want to keep our dog happy and healthy; one easy way to do this is regular nail trimming. Below we are going to answer some of the most common nail clipping questions we get asked!
My dog’s nails are really long, why can’t you just cut them really short?
This requires a bit of nail anatomy; dog’s nails have blood vessels that run down the length of the nail called the quick. The quick feeds the new nail growth with nutrients; as the nail grow out so does the blood vessels in order to continue to ‘feed’ the new nail. The length of the quick limits how short you can trim the nails but with regular nail trimming or dremels you can make the quick recede allowing you to get the dog’s nails shorter.
How often should I trim my dog’s nails?
The exact time varies on the dog so there isn’t a concrete answer. There are a lot of factors that affect nail growth: nutrition, exercise, health and age just to name a few. Some dogs needs nail trims every 2-3 weeks while some need them only every 5-6 weeks and some rarely need them. Easy way is to ballpark about 4 weeks and then adjust based on how short/long your dog’s nails are.
What’s the difference between getting a nail trim and a nail dremel?
First and foremost, the tools that are used are different. Nail trims use nail clippers while a nail dremel uses a handheld sander to file down the nail. As you can see from the diagrams, nail trims cut the nail up to the quick and you’re left with a flat cut. Nail dremels on the other hand allow you to sand the nail down without leaving a flat cut and get a bit closer to the quick while sanding out any rough edges.
Which is better a nail trim or a nail dremel?
That’s really up to your dog, nail trimming is important for the health of your dog so either method your dog is comfortable with is going to be the better option. As a heads up, a lot of dogs who don’t get nail trims often are scared of the dremel and it takes some regular use to get them comfortable with it. If you’re unsure, talk to your groomer or pet grooming professional to see which is the best method for your dog.
Help! My dog won’t let me trim his nails, what should I do?
We see this a lot so you’re not alone; plenty of dogs will not let their owners trim their nails. This depends on how dedicated you are to wanting to trim your dog’s nails yourself. You can train your dog to sit patiently for nail trims using positive reinforcement training but it does take some time and you won’t be able to do all four paws let alone all eighteen (twenty if your dog has rear dew claws) nails at once. There are a plethora of dog grooming salons and dog daycares that offer grooming services that will be more than happy to do nail trims for you. Pricing for these are pretty reasonable and usually range from $10 to $20.
We love answering your pawesome questions! Leave a comment down below if you have another nail care question or dog-related question.
There are approximately 83.3-million pet dogs in the United States. It seems we love our dogs. Seattle is no exception to this; nearly 63% of all Washington residents are pet owners. It’s no surprise, considering what great companions our furry friends make.
Studies show that dog owners have lower blood pressure, lower triglycerides, higher activity level, and less stress and anxiety than people who don’t own a dog. There is something about those wagging tails and wet noses that make us happier, healthier people.
All dog breeds have wonderful characteristics and traits but some dogs are more popular than others. You may have noticed a breed trend while visiting your local dog park or dog day care in Seattle. The American Kennel Club compiles an annual list of the 10 most popular breeds. Is your pup on the 2014 popular list?
1. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador retriever is America’s favorite dog and has been for the last 23 years. The lab, in its various colors, was originally bred to assist fisherman with fetching ropes and hauling nets. They are a muscular, athletic, and friendly breed and are often used as police dogs and assistance dogs because of their loyalty and intelligence. Their warmth and obedience makes them a wonderful family dog but not the best guard dog.
2. German Shepherd
German shepherds are herding dogs with high energy. Because of their strong sense of smell, fearless nature, and dependable personality, German shepherds are the leading police, guard, military, and search-and-rescue dog. They also make a loving family dog but are happiest when kept mentally challenged and physically occupied.
3. Golden Retriever
Golden retrievers were originally bred as hunting companion dogs and are most recognized for their flaxen coats. They are intelligent, hardworking, good natured, and playful. They often retain their puppy-like playfulness even into old age. Golden retrievers are pack animals and will look at their owner’s family as their own; it is important to involve them in family activities.
Beagles have been gaining popularity over the past few years. They love the outdoors and often have their nose to the ground, looking for a new scent. Beagles are spunky, playful, and cheerful, and they make a great family pet. With their size and gentleness, they are fine for apartment living, as long as they get plenty of exercise and outdoor time. Beagles love to eat and can become obese if their feeding isn’t monitored.
Bulldogs were originally bred from mastiffs and were used to fight in bull-baiting tournaments. Today, they are extremely affectionate and kind. Bulldogs are very gentle but are fiercely protective of their families and won’t hesitate to use their muscle when threatened. They are people lovers and can often be found close to their owners. Their gentle demeanor and loving nature make them an ideal family dog.
6. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire terriers, or “yorkies,” were once used to hunt rats in clothing mills and later became a status symbol for English high society. They are considered a Toy Group dog in size, rarely exceeding 7 pounds. Yorkies are a consistent favorite in the U.S. and are known for their long, silky coat and brave, energetic nature.
Boxer dogs were bred for hunting large game and fighting. During war time they made excellent couriers. Today, they are known for their intelligence, powerful build, and love of people. They are naturally protective of their families and make good guard dogs. Boxers are gentle with their human companions and love to please.
Poodles, known for their distinct curly fur, come in 3 different sizes and a variety of solid colors. They were originally bred in Germany as water retrievers for hunters and have been regarded throughout history as a status symbol. Poodles are exceptionally smart and excel in obedience training.
Rottweilers are confident, hardworking, and intelligent, and they have high endurance, making them great police and search-and-rescue dogs. Despite their muscular build and aggressive appearance, rottweilers make loyal companions. They are innately protective of their territory and their family, so proper introductions are crucial.
Dachshunds have a low, long body and excellent sense of smell, making them ideal hunting dogs. They are friendly, confident, eager, low maintenance, and a great household dog. Dachshunds come in standard and miniature sizes and can have short, long, or wiry fur.
It’s clear why dogs are such popular pets. They offer love, protection, and companionship. If you have questions about grooming or boarding your pet contact Central-Bark to find out more.
I often get asked about dog food; which ones do I recommend, what do I feed my pack, what is best for dogs with allergies? All good questions! First let’s cover how to choose a high quality food. Can’t you just picture yourself standing in the aisle at the pet food store trying to read that tiny type on the side of the bag?
(Label pictured is for Kirkland adult dog food.)
Let’s start with looking at the first ingredient. The first ingredient should ideally be the main protein that you intend to feed (such as chicken, lamb or white fish). I like mine to be whole chicken….no chicken meal or chicken byproduct. But I will offer a word of caution, most dogs that are allergic to a protein source it will be chicken. I’m just lucky and my three dogs all do just fine on a chicken based food.
Next I look at the grains used in any perspective food. I avoid soy, corn and wheat. These are the top three dog food allergens. I am usually looking for things like brown rice, millet, barley or quinoa. These are higher quality grains with more fiber. Always avoid all foods that contain sugar or salt! There is no reasons to have these non-nutrient ingredients in you pups food.
Lastly I’m looking for things flaxseed for good omegas and fruits and veggies for taste and natural nutrients.
If you find a food with these basic components you will likely have found a good quality kibble for your best friend. Also I like to think you should be able to find food with quality ingredients and a agreeable price.
If you are looking for a limited ingredient or customized food there are more choices out there now than there has ever been! I was pleasantly surprised by some of these foods that can be made to order based on your dogs breeding, age, weigh and exercise levels! Here are a couple fun sites that have interesting concepts. I can’t vouch for their products as that I have not tried either of these but I love the idea.
It seems like everywhere we turn these days there are fun looking treats made just for our canine best friends. They are in every grocery store, farmers market and in mass at every aisle of your local pet store. We all love our pets nearly more than ourselves so it’s terribly hard to say no to them. But as with us, too many empty calorie treats equal bulging waists. Did you know your dog is supposed to have a waist? Well, let me tell you, they are! They should have a intent at their waist and you should be able to feel their ribs (not see them just feel them).
So with this bit of information the question is what can I give my buddy to eat that’s both delicious and healthy? Well, I’m so glad you asked! There are lots of great options of healthy delicious snacks for your pups! Some of them are so simple, inexpensive and likely already in your kitchen you’ll be shocked! Things like apples, carrots, lean cooked meat, plain yogurt, cooked sweet potatoes, bananas, cooked green beans, peanut butter (in limited amounts) and scrambled eggs. Here are a few more fun options; pineapple, Popcorn, oatmeal, peas, rice and pumpkin! Just make sure there isn’t any added sugar or salt. So with all these great options why buy expensive store bought junk food? I love giving my dogs a apple slice with a dab of peanut butter on it (also one of my favorite treats) as a treat for good behavior. This brings up a good point, one of the best things you can do for training a happy dog is make him or her work for you. What kind of work? How about a nice sit, stay or down? Dogs like to be praised and get treats, you like a well behaved dog, let’s call it a win win!
Here are some fun recipes;
Yummy Oat, apple, peanut butter treats
2 mashed bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
In a large bowl mash up two bananas with a fork until smooth, mix in the other ingredients. Mix until oats are moist and everything look consistent.
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
Put one large spoon of the mix in your hand and roll it like a meatball. Put them on a lightly oiled pan (pan or olive oil work well). Put them in rows with about 2 inches between them. Cook them for about 10 minutes or until they look slightly brown on top. Let them cool then treat that good dog!
Cool apple sauce, yogurt treats
2 cups of unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup of low fat PLAIN yogurt
1 chopped apple (whatever you have)
Put into a 1/2 cup single serve dish/bowl/cup and chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Let your dog enjoy this yummy fun to lick treat.
This years Valentine’s day social was a wonderful success again this year! Of course only because of all the wonderful dogs who brought their fantastic owners! There were treats for all, everyone seemed to especially enjoy the applesauce cups. The raffle made a good amount of money that was then donated to the Seattle Animal Shelter and the shelter was very grateful for all the great food donations! We can’t thank you all enough for coming and making it so fun!
Here is a link to the photo booth photo’s http://lokidayophotography.shootproof.com/event/479751/view#a_all-mason. They are available for purchase at a small fee on the website. There are also some pictures that I took for viewing on our facebook page go check it out!
THANK YOU ALL!
Central bark will host, again this year, our ever popular Valentine’s Day Social! This is one of our most popular events! This year it will be bigger and better, of course! We will have costume contests with fun prizes, raffles, games and a photo booth for you to have your photo taken with the love of your life. Everyone is welcome as are their well behaved cupid loving dogs. This is a free event but this year to ‘share the love’ we are taking food donations for the Seattle Animal Shelter. Here is a copy of their current wish list:
Our Valentine’s Day Social will be held here at Central Bark in our Rainer playroom. This event is scheduled for Saturday, February 15 and the fun starts at 1:00pm and will end around 3:00pm. We do ask that you RSVP before February 10th so that we can be sure to have enough treats and goodies. You can RSVP by stopping in and chatting with one of our helpful receptionist or by calling (206)325-3525.
We look forward to seeing all our cute dog friends all dressed up in their Valentine’s day best!
With the holidays upon us soon we will be busy with visitors and festive events. Often overlooked in all the hustle and bustle is the health and safety of our best friends. The holidays are packed full of dog (and cat) hazards from things as obvious as an open flame to things that are less obvious like tinsel ingestion. With a little thought put into decoration placement and food safety we can all have a fun and safe holiday devoid of expensive preventable vet bills.
My dear sweet mini Australian Shepard Toby is often my example of a good dog that likes to eat! Toby arrived at my house as a foster over 5 years ago. He was 11 months old and very timid and fearful of humans. Since then Toby has completed a ton of training and is now a totally different dog. But one lasting bad behavior has persists, he is a terrible food thief and unfortunately a very cleaver one! Last year while enjoying a lovely Christmas holiday at the beach Toby managed to steal a whole 70% pure cacao gourmet chocolate bar! Oh boy did he look pleased with himself. After a call to the vet it was decided to induce vomiting, which I had never done before. I think we were both a little traumatized but he did expel enough chocolate to avoid a night at the vet. Despite a little poor coordination Toby did make a full recovery as usual.
Chocolate is a tricky toxin in dogs, most of the chocolate we have around our houses is of a lower risk in causing a significant medical emergency. Milk chocolate has a lower cacao content and therefor is less dangerous for pets than dark chocolate. The tricky part though is often establishing just how much chocolate they ate. I always recommend calling your vet if they eat anything poisonous, chocolate is no exception.
Here is a list of the most common holiday pet ingestion dangers;
Alcohol; Pets will often try to sneak a drink of our ‘adult beverages’. Alcohol is more dangerous the more they the ingest (as is true in most poison ingestion). Alcohol effects the central nervous causing staggering, depressed breathing and cardiac arrest. If you suspect that you dog has helped him or her self to your drink OR if your dog is acting differently, call your vet as soon as possible.
Holiday plants; Holly, mistletoe, Poinsettia and yew are all of concern if your pet ingests them! Yew and holly often find their way into our holiday wreaths. While holly is more of a throat/intestine puncture issue Yew is often used in holiday wreaths, the Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidate) has been dubbed “the tree of death.” Yews contain potent cardiotoxins — taxine A and B — which antagonize (block) the calcium and sodium ion channels in the myocardium. Vets see some severe issues after large yew ingestions including heart rhythm issues and gastroenteritis and even death. So keep wreaths and other plan containing decorations out of pets reach!
Holiday foods; including cooked bones, fatty rich food and turkey skin can be hazardous to your best friends too. Cooked bones can splinter and puncture when swallowed. Fatty rich foods can cause stomach upset and issues like pancreatitis. If you feel like you want to offer your pets special treats during the holidays it’s always best to stick to store bought treats or make your own dog treats!
We wish you a warm, happy, safe holiday,
From all of us at Central Bark!
Central Bark is excited to be participating in COLA’s Dog-O-Ween yet again this year.
Come on down for a fun day of dogs in costume, pet related booths, prizes and drawings! Genesee dog park is located at 4316 S. Genesee St. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/offleash_detail.asp?id=409
Central Bark will be handing out fun items for dogs and their friends.
I will be snapping photo’s and posting them on our facebook page so be sure to look their in the days to come! https://www.facebook.com/CentralBarkWA
Hope to see you all there!
Join us Sunday February 10th from 1-2pm for our Valentine’s Day Social. Mingle, snack, and socialize with fellow doggie romantics or play to win our Most Festive Attire or Most Enticing Trick contest. Bring a donation toy for the Seattle Animal Shelter and enter our eMuttmony Mutt-Match service (all breeds and mixes welcome). After all entries are tabulated, the Mutt-Match results will be posted on Valentine’s Day.
Day: Sunday February 10th
Time: 1 – 2pm
What to bring: Your most festive Valentine’s Day costume and a toy donation for the Seattle Animal Shelter
Activities: Trick and costume contests, eMuttmony Mutt-Match profiles, photos, games, snacks, and more.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t make it to the party? You can still enter by bringing a donated toy along when you drop off for daycare, boarding, or grooming. We will have you complete a Mutt-Match profile and snap a picture. Results of the Mutt-Match will be posted on Valentine’s