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Nutritious Pets

CbdMD’s Paw CBD line

The world is finally opening up again, allowing pet-owners to getaway from the confines of quarantine. However, this separation can cause major distress in pets–especially those who were adopted during quarantine. If you have a pet who tends to struggle with social anxiety while you’re away, cbdMD’s Paw CBD line can help. Paw CBD products support a maintained sense of calm, manage signs of daily stress, support physical comfort, and complement a healthy wellness routine in your furry best friend.

Your furry best friend deserves only the best. That’s why cbdMD’s award-winning paw CBD line products are all:

  • Veterinarian formulated
  • Made a carefully engineered Superior Broad Spectrum formula;
  • Tested by third party, ISO certified labs for purity and consistency; and
  • Contain non-detectable levels of THC

The Paw CBD lines comes in tail-wagging flavors like peanut butter, baked cheese, and turkey that your pet is sure to love. Keep your four-legged companion content and calm with CBD from one of the most highly trusted health and wellness CBD companies, cbdMD. For more info, you can visit their website here.

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Pet CBD Soft Chews for Cats

Let your feline friend embody the true meaning of being a “cool cat” with cbdMD’s Pet CBD Soft Chews. These chews are easy on feline teeth, so your cat can snack without worry. Pet owners can choose between 150mg or 300mg chews to suit your cat’s needs.

CbdMD’s Our CBD soft chews are made with premium plant extracts from hemp grown right here in the U.S. All of cbdMD’s products are tested to ensure that they’re THC-free and safe for your pets use. Combined with the delicious flavors of chicken and catnip, these CBD soft chews are the perfect snack for every cat.

  • Veterinarian formulated
  • Made in the USA
  • Gluten-free
  • Easy on feline teeth
  • Available in two strengths based on your cat’s weight: 150 mg, 300 mg

For more info, please visit cbdMD’s website here.

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Pet CBD Oil Tincture for Cats

Do you love your cat, but not their cattiness? CbdMD’s Pet CBD oil tinctures, as well as their Pet CBD soft chews, can provide serene relief to your feline friends. Each product batch is sourced from a superior, broad spectrum CBD formula. CbdMD uses a high-quality manufacturing process for wholesome hemp properties. This tincture is THC-free, and contains 10mg of CBD per ml.

CBD oil for cats from cbdMD offers consistent, premium hemp extracts crafted under the rigorous manufacturing standards to provide quality CBD benefits for your feline friend. You can easily adjust servings and even add it to their food or favorite treat. Give your kitty the daily wellness support they deserve with our CBD oil tinctures for cats. CbdMD’s Pet CBD Oil Tincture for cats contains:

  • Superior Broad Spectrum formula in every product batch
  • High-quality manufacturing process for wholesome hemp properties
  • THC-free products sourced from USA hemp
  • Third-party, ISO-certified lab tested to ensure purity
  • 10mg of CBD per mL

For more info, please visit cbdMD’s website here.

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PawMedica Mobility+ Joint Soft Chews

PawMedica provides top quality vitamins and supplements for dogs to help support a healthy, happy life. Aimed at aging dogs with joint issues, canines recovering from injury, or dogs looking to maintain their current joint function, PawMedica’s soft chews promote mobility, flexibility, muscle health, joint relief, and healthy glucosamine levels. PawMedica’s Mobility+ joint soft chews include glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and hemp– a formula specifically designed to maximize pet mobility.

Using professional-grade formula made in the USA, PawMedica uses no fillers or binders and is part of the NASC (National Animal Supplement Council), which ensures their products are held to the highest quality standards. PawMedica balances technology, research, and high-quality ingredients to develop the best product for your pet. Their product bolsters and enhances your dog’s diet to obtain nutrition that may be lacking in their normal feeding routine. For more information, please visit PawMedica’s website.

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Songs to Save Them All

Emmylou Harris, Two Feet, SYML, Wrabel and more to perform in “Songs to Save Them All” livestream concert on May 6 to benefit Best Friends Animal Society 

Tune in at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on YouTube, Tiltify, Twitch, and Facebook 

Numerous musicians are set to appear in “Songs to Save Them All: A Benefit Concert for Homeless Pets,” a three-hour benefit concert for Best Friends Animal Society streaming on May 6, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.  

Recording artists expected to perform include country music legend Emmylou Harris, as well as Aunty SocialBaker Grace, Brandon Jenner, Canyon City, Chappell Roan, Davis John PattonDylan DunlapGeographerJoshua Radin, Laura Jean AndersonMunnPryor & LeeSammy RaeSYMLThe Joy FormidableTim AtlasTwo FeetVictoria AnthonyWILD, Wild Rivers, WOLF and Wrabel.  

In addition to the musical talent, celebrities including Lauren Ash, Mayim Bialik, author W. Bruce Cameron, TikTok influencer Caitlyn Cohen, Abbie Cornish, Kat Dennings, Josh Gad, Tricia Helfer, Thomas Lennon, Zosia Mamet, Natalie Morales, Kevin Nealon, Alison Pill, Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Katee Sackhoff, Reid Scott, Amanda Seyfried, Brittany Snow, Katie Stevens, Cecily Strong, Holly Taylor, Ashley Williams, Bellamy Young, and others are also expected to make appearances to support the cause. 

 “Music is a universal language and brings so much joy to the world,” said Julie Castle, chief executive officer at Best Friends Animal Society. “This concert will celebrate how music and our love of animals unite us and show how we can all come together to support each other, our communities and homeless pets.” 

The free event will livestream on Tiltify, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook, as well as at Best Friends website. Viewers will have the opportunity to donate to Best Friends Animal Society via Tiltify to support making America no-kill by 2025. 

All proceeds will support Best Friends’ work across the country, including lifesaving collaboration with thousands of shelters and animal welfare groups.  There will also be a spotlight on the organization’s recent No-Kill Los Angeles initiative achievement, which reached a 90.49% save rate in the City of Los Angeles for 2020.  

“Everyone at Best Friends sends our gratitude to the musicians, singers, and songwriters who are sharing their time and talent for this awesome event,” Castle said. “We hope animal lovers everywhere will tune in, enjoy the music, and learn more about how everyone can make a different for homeless pets.”  

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 625,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,200 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All. For more information, visit Best Friends website

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Backyarding is Here to Stay

Backyarding is Here to Stay & It Has a Purpose. What’s Yours? 

By Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

What once only happened indoors now happens outdoors. It’s called “backyarding,” and it’s a trend that’s here to stay. From office work to working out, from eating to entertaining, if these activities were once typically held inside a home or office, they are now being brought to the great outdoors.

Simply think back over the last year and recount the number of times your backyard has taken center stage in your everyday life. The family yard became the safe and purposeful space where we could gather and recharge. Spending time outdoors is great for your physical and mental health, and our backyards are the bridge between indoor and outdoor living.

The backyard is nearly limitless with possibilities, and you can get really creative in how you expand and enjoy your yard. But before you get to work in your yard, you must first identity what type of “backyarder” you are. Then, you can keep that idea in mind to create a more purposeful outdoor space that is customized to your family’s needs.

Here are just a few of the backyarding personality types. Which one(s) are you?

Entertainer Extraordinaire
Your backyard was the neighborhood hot spot long before the pandemic made that trend posh. Family milestones, birthdays, graduations, reunions, socially distanced BBQs – your yard is *the* place to gather. Your yard is set up for success with patio furniture, fire pit, yard games, plenty of outdoor seating, string lights, and maybe even an outdoor kitchen.  The family yard and community park are five-star event spaces that are always easy to book!  

Environmentalist
You know that nature starts in your own backyard and that taking small steps in your yard can make a big impact on climate change. As the proverbial Robin to your yard’s Batman, you embrace your role in supporting the superhero powers of your living landscape. Those include capturing and filtering rainwater, producing oxygen, and absorbing carbon, just to name a few. 

Expert Landscaper
Your yard makes neighbors green with envy. You know how to maintain a healthy living landscape all year long, and you have the latest outdoor power equipment to make even big jobs easier. Your idea of a good time? Spending the weekend doing yardwork. You love the sense of accomplishment that comes from working in your yard, and friends can count on you for advice about their own living landscapes.

Horticulturist
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is bookmarked on your browser because putting the right plant in the right place is the living landscape Golden Rule you live by. You consider location, maintenance, sunlight and watering requirements, as well as your climate zone and lifestyle needs, before you even think about sticking your shovel in the dirt.

Kid Zone Creator
You know the safest place for your kids to be is in your own backyard, and you work hard to create an outdoor fun zone they will never want to leave. A flat area of sturdy turfgrass to play sports and pitch a tent? Check. Treehouse? Check. Zipline strung safely between backyard trees? Check. An elevated garden where kids can help grow the family’s meals? Check. Natural playscapes, like a patch of sand bordered by rocks and log stump seating? Check. “Fun” is your middle name, and you are winning at this game.

Nature Lover
No binging Netflix for you. You subscribe to “Nature TV” and prefer to spend your free time watching the birds, bats, butterflies and other wildlife that count on your yard for food and shelter. You cultivate a living landscape that supports a rich biodiversity with butterfly bushes, flowering plants, water sources, and trees and shrubs with nooks for nesting and food.  

Pet Pamperer
Your focus is on Fido, and you take cues from your four-legged friends about how to purpose your backyard. You’ve planted sturdy turfgrass like Buffalo or Bermuda that can stand up to pet play, and you’ve used soft foliage to create a natural barricade between “off limits” areas and the rest of the lawn. Trees and shrubs are strategically planted for shade, and you’ve even set up a shallow water feature to help your pup cool off on hot days. For you, planting with purpose means keeping toxic plants out of the picture. (For a complete list, visit ASPCA’s list of non-toxic and toxic plants.

Work (and learn!) from Home Warrior 
You don’t need to turn to technology to create a virtual backdrop for your video calls. The natural setting created by your yard’s trees, flowers, bushes and other plants is your go-to video call background. Your kids aren’t doing in-person school? No problem. Your backyard or neighborhood park is a living laboratory for learning that supports outdoor learning, even when school isn’t in session. Your kids take online classes under the shade of a tree. Do homework at a patio or picnic table. Brush up on STEM education by planting and studying flowers, bug hunting, and weather watching.

Zen Master
Enjoying your morning coffee on the balcony as songbirds serenade you. Meditating under the shade of a tree. De-stressing by swinging in a backyard hammock. Taking a break from your busy day to feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair. Your backyard is your sacred space for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. It’s the best “green spa” in town. You know that spending time outside is good for your health and well-being and that, thanks to your yard, these benefits are only steps away.

Setting the stage for backyarding. One final and important note to backyarders of all kinds. Creating a yard that supports all of the aspects of your family’s outdoor lifestyle means taking stock of what you might need to care for your lawn. Take an inventory of your outdoor power equipment to make sure you are prepared. Then, get out there and create your canvas for even more backyard memory-making.

To learn more about creating the yard of your dreams, visit TurfMutt.

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Dogs Ride Free on Rail Explorers

DOGS RIDE FREE ON RAIL EXPLORERS LAS VEGAS RAIL BIKES

Bring Two Cans of Purina Dog Food for The Boulder City Animal Shelter To Receive a Limited-Edition T-shirt and Dog Bandana

Rail Explorers, the year-round, all-ages, outdoor-adventure attraction featuring pedal-powered rail bikes, welcomes riders to bring their furry canine friends. Rail Explorers’ open-air experience has become a favorite go-to for family-friendly adventures, and the company recognizes dogs are an important part of many families. Guests who bring two cans of dog food to benefit the Boulder City Animal Shelter will receive a limited-edition “Dogs Ride On Rail Explorers” T-shirt and a Rail Explorers bandana for their dog. Riders may also purchase the T-shirt for $18.95 in the gift shop.

“Rail Explorers rail bikes accommodate larger dogs on the platform between the human riders’ seats, while small dogs may also ride while strapped in a carrier to their owner,” * said Heather Abel, division manager, Rail Explorers Las Vegas. “We encourage dog-loving riders to bring their pets, and we’re happy to reward those who bring dog-food donations for the local animal shelter with a special discount.”

All rides start at the Nevada State Railroad Museum and continue downhill to Railroad Pass. Each tour also includes a nostalgic ride back to the top of the hill in one of the museum’s historic trains, along with free museum entry.

Tandem Rail Explorers (up to two riders) or Quad Rail Explorers rail bikes (up to four riders) are available on each tour offered. Tandem rail bike tours start at $85 and Quad rail bike tours start at $150. Dogs do not need a ticket to ride on Rail Explorers. Groups of ten or more people receive a 10 percent discount for weekday tours.  All Nevada residents receive a 10 percent “locals” discount off the standard tour price for weekday tours. Book online today at Rail Explorers website, or by phone at (877) 833-8588.

*This experience may not be suitable for high-energy dogs. All dogs not strapped in a carrier must be on a leash. This ride may be more enjoyable for dogs under 70 pounds. More information click here.

ABOUT RAIL EXPLORERS

Located in historic Boulder City, Nevada—just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip en route to Hoover Dam—Rail Explorers offers exhilarating, guided excursions in two- or four-seat rail bikes along the same tracks used during construction of the dam.

Rail Explorers Las Vegas tours include three memorable options, including the Southwest Ramble, a four-mile downhill pedal-powered daytime ride; the Sunset Tour, a picturesque downhill ride in the evening as the sun sets behind the River Mountains; and the Evening Lantern Ride, a one-of-a-kind experience illuminated by the glow from the moon and stars. All rides start at the Nevada State Railroad Museum and continue downhill to Railroad Pass. Each tour also includes a nostalgic ride back to the top of the hill in one of the museum’s historic trains, along with free museum entry. Knowledgeable guides lead every Rail Explorers tour, ensuring guests enjoy not only the majestic desert scenery but also learn fascinating insights along the way. Rail bikes provide a truly distinctive way to explore this extraordinarily scenic and historic area. For more information, visit Rail Explorers website or follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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CBD Dog Treats:  Is It Worth Your Money?

The quest to know everything about this compound is still going on as of 2020. The reason behind this is the strict regulation of hemp, meaning not everyone can just grow this out of a whim. This results in less studies conducted in the US, and many ongoing researches are happening outside of the country instead. Still, even with the freedom of study, only a handful are actually allowed to handle this plant purely for research purposes.

But that doesn’t mean it has not made an impact in the country. According to this report, since the booming of CBD use in recent years, pharmaceutical companies have been aiming to make something better than CBD— and 50% more potent! Though the plan is still in the blueprint stage, it’s amazing to recognize the push this compound has made in the medical field. And this is all for the advancement of the product that will ultimately make beneficial for animals to ingest as well.

Familiarizing Yourself With The Base Ingredient: CBD And Its Origins

Cannabidiol has been mistaken for marijuana for a long time now, so much so that rumours have become true to some people. We are here to inform you of the facts about this compound. First off, cannabidiol is a compound found in one of the species under the genus Cannabis Sativa, the hemp. Hemp is the sister species of marijuana, thus making marijuana a plant. Cannabidiol and marijuana cannot even be compared as they are of different things entirely, anatomically and biologically.

What can be properly compared is what’s inside the marijuana plant, which is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is a cannabinoid like CBD, and is abundantly present in marijuana, whereas hemp has plenty of cannabidiol and scant amount THC. This already draws a significant line between them, both legally and of customer preference. 

Legally, there would be an allowance of 0.3% THC content or less in a cannabidiol product provided it be used on humans. For animals, it could cause serious damage due to toxicity, like aggressiveness, copious vomiting, and ultimately death. Thus, many cannabidiol-focused companies opt to remove THC completely from their cat and dog products, as well as those for horses and many others meant for the animal kingdom. This doesn’t have anything to do with legalities, though it is common sense to know that letting your pet ingest cannabis with THC content inside is unlawful.

Despite proper labelling, companies faced doubt when THC-toxicity was discovered. Many pet owners demanded for 3rd party lab testing in order to prove the absence of Tetrahydrocannabinol in their formula, as well as how genuine and concentrated it truly was. This is reasonable, as THC toxicity is very risky once the compound has settled inside their bodies. It’s already hard to detoxify an animal’s body from THC, but once metabolized in the liver, it would be almost impossible to remove. And the only way to cure poisoning is to 100% remove all compounds of it in their body.

The Good Result From Using CBD Dog Treats

There are many good reasons why you should let your dog have cannabidiol derived products. It can range from being a medical situation, or just something to reinforce their immune system with. Whatever it is, cannabidiol can likely help you with it, given you follow the proper dosage and read the labels carefully.

1. My Dog Is Feeling Pain

Well, you’re in luck. Cannabidiol is a product that became a booming success because of its analgesic effects. When used by your dog, their ECS will begin to interact with the product. ECS stands for Endocannabinoid System, a key factor in delivering the desired therapeutic effects to whatever pains they are feeling.

Relief can be given for those dogs that experience joint pain or osteoarthritis, muscle aches, wounds, and swollen, red areas. The product works as an anti-inflammatory; it is present in your peripheral system to tackle the site of pain immediately. Another role it plays is a message blocker. In the brain, it will block messages between there and pain receptors, thus successfully numbing the sensation of pain. Lastly, it acts as an anti-cytokine, a type of protein that is present in an inflamed site and worsen it in complicated cases.

2. My Dog Is Feeling Restless/Jittery/Being Inexplicably Hostile

As pet owners, we have a sixth sense on knowing if our dogs are feeling unwell or not. But even without that, there can be overt signs to show your canine is experiencing stress and anxiety.

Physically, your dog might be tense, always on-guard, and opt to hide their large (or small) bodies in tight spaces or under the bed. Emotionally, they’d be chaotic, ranging from howling loudly to growling at you whenever you offer physical comfort. Other symptoms include whining, listlessness, and an unaffectionate behavior. With Cannabidiol working on the amygdala, anxiety will diminish quite instantly and would leave your dog drowsy or sleeping after a tense episode.

3. My Dog Is Experiencing A Seizure

Lately, a CBD-derived product became available for purchase in pharmacies. It’s called Epidiolex, and it can be prescribed by a doctor for those suffering from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome in patients two years old and below. It was a great breakthrough for the compound as well as the product.

As it turns out, it can also help your dog lessen seizure activity. A study found here: https://www.aaha.org/publications/newstat/articles/2019-05/new-study-cbd-shows-promise-for-treating-canine-epilepsy/ has discovered cannabidiol can prevent seizure attacks for as much as 50%. Also, this product does not cause dependence and addiction, or even overdose.

The Bottom Line

Cannabidiol is still a work in progress, with its popularity skyrocketing even before its scientific studies can back it up. Despite this, many users and pet owners believe in the power of this compound. Though it should be duly noted that only products distributed by reputable companies can ensure its potent effect.

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Keeping A Dog In The Inner City: A Guide

Many people who live in the midst of a city crave the company of a dog. Living in built-up urban areas can sometimes be a lonely existence, and sometimes a dog is a soothing and comforting housemate that will keep you sane during rough times. However, when you live in such a busy area, it is important to do this responsibly. You want to make sure your pet is happy and contented in their surroundings before you shell out on such a big responsibility.

Check with your landlord
Before you head down to the pet store, double-check that your landlord actually allows pets in your property. You could cause real problems for your lease if you suddenly show up with an unexpected animal. If your landlord is reluctant, then have a clear and open chat about what type of dog you will be keeping and how you will look after it. If the landlord explicitly states that an animal is a no-go, then you may have to move.

Choose a breed that’s right for the area
Want to own a racing hound when you live on the 16th floor of an apartment block? That might be a bad idea. However, if you’re lucky enough to live in a house with a garden, and live near plenty of parks, you should be fine for more energetic breeds, such as labradors. Visiting a dog expert like Snowy Pines White Labradors will help you know if a lab is right for your family. If you decide a labrador is right for your family, then make sure you have plenty of room, and wide open spaces nearby to take them for runs. You need to give your dog what it needs and in this case, it is bigger space.

Be aware of the summer months
The warmer months can be incredibly tough on dogs. The sun not only makes it uncomfortable for them to exercise and move around, but it also dehydrates them. One extra consideration to make is how hot the pavement will get in direct heat. This could really hurt your dog’s paws, and so you may need to consider getting little covers for your dog’s feet. If in doubt, stick to shaded areas, and always bring water with you to keep your pet hydrated while the weather is intense.

Research daycare
Unless you happen to have inherited tonnes of wealth, your reasons for living in the city are likely to be a regular job. This means you will be away from your apartment and indeed your dog. If your employer doesn’t let you bring your dog to work, then you will need to research some daycare options. It’s not fair on your dog to leave them in a confined apartment or house while you go to work, especially in smaller city abodes.

There is an extra level of responsibility to consider when adopting a pet in the city. You have to be mindful of how you will exercise it and whether it will be truly happy in your living conditions. However, if you have the means to take it on regular walks, provide daycare and treat it with undying love, then you might just be ready for the adoption forms.

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Get your dog’s A-Game back

Is your dog’s scratching more than “just an itch?” Actress and life-long dog lover Kate Walsh knows first-hand that dogs can be “off their game” because of allergic itching, leading to more serious problems if not treated by a veterinarian. Kate joins us today to share important info on how you can get your dog’s A-Game back.

As a lifelong dog lover, how did you know that Rosie was off her game?


Kate Walsh: She started scratching her face in sort of a cute way at first with both paws at the same time. And then it turned into a regular thing where it wouldn’t stop, and I realized pretty quickly it was probably allergies. So I took her into my veterinarian, and she prescribed Apoquel for Rosie.

How should we know when and if it’s more than an itch, and when it’s time for our pets to visit their veterinarian?

Kate Walsh: If the itching and scratching starts interrupting their regular daily activities — if they’re on a walk and they have to stop several times to scratch and itch or chew, or if they wake up in the middle of the night to chew, those are signs that there’s a problem. A lot of dog owners think oh, that’s just my dog itching but it’s likely allergies. If you see these signs, it’s a good idea to visit your veterinarian and see if Apoquel might work for you. It certainly worked for Rosie.

How should people with pets avoid allergies for some of their animals?

Kate Walsh: It’s hard to avoid allergens because so many allergies are environmental and are out of our control – just like humans with pollens or grasses, or during certain times of the year. For some dogs it’s seasonal allergies, some are perpetual and year-round. There’s really no way to prevent them so it’s about going to the veterinarian and seeing what they have to say. It’s also important to understand that dog allergies manifest differently than human allergies do. In dogs, allergies show as skin itching, chewing and hotspots – not coughing and sneezing like humans.

And how did you help Rosie get her A game back?

Kate Walsh: Well, I got her on Apoquel right away. Within a couple of days she was back on her A-game, happy, smiling, walking, tail wagging, able to relax and not scratching her face constantly. One of my favorite parts about this partnership is how we’re encouraging everyone out there to go to MyDogsAGame.com or use the hashtag #MyDogsAGame on social media to share a picture of your dog. For every photo uploaded, Zoetis will donate $10 to the K-9 Courage Program, which is an awesome program that provides medical services to retired service dogs, military service dogs, police service dogs. So that’s a really exciting aspect of this partnership as well. We’re not just raising awareness about what dog allergies look like, but really contributing and making sure all dogs are well cared for.

And what inspired you to represent an organization to help Canine Courage?

Kate Walsh: I love dogs. I’ve always loved them. I’ve grown up with them–they’re just so special and intuitive. I’m also a big fan of our service men and women and everything that they do for our country – so the partnership was a perfect fit. Most people don’t think about how retired service dogs are cared for, and the fact that the K9 Courage program helps support the medical care for retired service dogs is really cool.

So you’ve always been an advocate for pets?

Kate Walsh: Oh yeah. I have always been a big pet adoption advocate and an animal lover. I mean if I could, I’d be on a farm somewhere with lots of cats and dogs.

And where can our listeners go for more information?

Kate Walsh: You can go to MyDogsAGame.com If you have any questions, there’s actually a short quiz on there as well to help you determine if your dogs may have allergies, as well as more information about finding the right treatment like Apoquel.

About Kate Walsh

Actress, dog lover and animal rights activist Kate Walsh can be seen on recent and upcoming projects, including Netflix series, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, and films, SELL BY and 3022.

Walsh has starred in award-winning series, including the ABC dramas GREY’S ANATOMY and PRIVATE PRACTICE, as well as the Netflix features 13 REASONS WHY. She was seen in Universal’s hit comedy, GIRL’S TRIP, alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall, the Netflix feature, #REALITYHIGH and Sony’s MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE. She also recently starred in the off-Broadway play IF I FORGET, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and Drama League award.

Today, Walsh has teamed up with leading animal health company, Zoetis, to educate dog owners about a cause close to her heart – allergic dog itch. Walsh has credited her two rescue dogs for helping her through the most difficult times, but when her dog Rosie was diagnosed with allergic itch, it was time for Walsh to help Rosie get her A-Game back. Like Rosie, some dogs are “off their game” because their allergic itch gets in the way of doing things they love. Kate is encouraging dog owners to recognize when their dog’s scratching can be more than just an itch – and if it’s caused by an underlying condition, like allergies. As part of the program and in honor of Itchy Pet Awareness Month, pet owners can share a photo of their own pet’s “A-Game” on social media using the #MyDogsAGame hashtag, which will trigger a $10 donation (capped at $25K) by Zoetis Petcare to its K-9 Courage Program, which provides healthcare assistance to retired military and police dogs as well as active service dogs that assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Posts using the hashtag may also be featured on an interactive gallery on the “MyDogsAGame.com” website.

5 Quick & Easy Dog Training Tips

Everyone wants a dog they can communicate with. A dog that you give a simple instruction, and watch it obey. It’s not just for fun but also to make your dog behave accordingly. Some dogs like the security ones are trained and aren’t the same as balanced dogs. It’s your responsibility to train your dog while overseeing its growth from a puppy to an adult dog. You should start with dog obedience training which consists of a few basic commands. Here are five quick and easy dog training tips.

1. Create a Puppy-proof in Your House

Every time a puppy is alone or is not under supervision, he should be in a safe place far from trouble. Imagine coming back home and finding your TV screen on the floor broken, your leather seats torn, and your kitchen looking like you have just been burglarized. Prevent that from happening.

Create a room for your pup and provide any safe toys he/she can play with and chew. Just like you wouldn’t give a toddler total freedom, puppies require the same restriction. You will be preventing accidents and destructive behavior. It ensures your pup doesn’t develop an awkward behavior.

2. Don’t Sleep with Him in Your Bed

It can be tough for you, and we understand. They are part of the family, and there should be no such limits, but allowing your dog to share a bed with you will give him mixed thoughts, and he will be wondering what role he plays.

Allowing him to share the same bed with you will make your dog see himself as your equal, and no reason to respect you. If you insist on allowing him on to your bed, make it an invitation only. Show him that he is not allowed into your bed unless he is invited.

3. Create Short Sessions Throughout The Day

Training is not a one-time thing. If it were, you wouldn’t spend all those years in college. The only way your dog will learn is through undergoing extensive training for a long time with short sessions in between the day. If you find it hard to dedicate some hours each day, enroll in dog training programs with Wag Hotels, and they will educate and train your dog professionally while you are away.

However, if you have the time, train your dog in short snippets. You will be able to notice when the dog is more alert and take advantage rather than wasting your time and annoying your dog by forcing him to learn. Besides, short sessions are easier to manage especially if you have a busy schedule.

4. Be Generous with Your Affection

Most people will mention when they are unhappy with their dogs, but sometimes they ignore the good stuff. As much as you are disappointed with its bad behavior, appreciate its good side as well. Just like we humans, dogs can have best or worst moments.

Ensure that you give your dog the attention it deserves when he’s doing the right stuff. Appreciate and let him know that he has behaved well. Be generous with your words and praise him. Give him some little pats and treats to show that you appreciate.

5. Give Your Dog a Daily Exercise

Just like humans, dogs need plenty of exercise and stimulation on a daily basis to cheer them up and keep them active. One or two walks per day are not enough for your pet especially if it’s a herder or retriever.

Lack of exercise and stimulation can make your dog, bored, unhappy, or unhealthy. In fact, many destructive and aggressive behaviors from dogs are due to lack of exercise and stimulation. A bored dog would find something interesting to do, like messing up your stuff.

Conclusion

When it comes to training your on-four best friend, you have to work hard and exercise patience. It also requires lots of dedication. Training your dog creates a stronger bond, and you can all have fun as long as you treat him/her right and show love.

How a Pet Helps You Feel Better When You Are Sad

If you already own a pet, then you’re likely to be well aware of the uplifting effect that a pet can have on your mood when you’re feeling sad.

But have you ever wondered why this is?

Here are a few scientifically-backed reasons as to how a pet is genuinely able to make a person feel better when they are feeling down…

FEEL-GOOD BRAIN CHEMICALS

Your brain produces a number of different natural chemicals that each have their own effect on your mood.

One of these chemicals is called oxytocin. When the brain releases this, you immediately feel happier and more loved.

Not only that, but the oxytocin then sends signals to the other neurotransmitters in the brain, encouraging it to release other feel-good hormones, such as:

• Serotonin

• Dopamine

• Adrenaline

How are these feel-good brain chemicals linked to pets?

Well, research shows that when you stroke a pet, this triggers your brain to produce and release an increased amount of oxytocin. This, in turn, will quickly have an uplifting effect on your mood.

In fact, you don’t even necessarily need to stroke a pet to experience these benefits…

Simply looking into your pet’s eyes can have similar effects!

COMFORT AND EMPATHY

Not only can many animals sense your emotions, but they can also tell whether you are feeling happy or sad. This is a concept officially known as emotional contagion, and it is something that is being increasingly studied.

While research may still be ongoing, what we do know is that pets, whether they can sense your sadness or not, offer so much comfort and empathy.

Your pet will be there to support you whenever you are feeling down, and your pet is also guaranteed to be one of the best listeners you will ever find! Just talking to your pet about whatever it is that is bothering you can actually increase your problem-solving abilities, meaning that you may even find a logical and productive way to overcome your sadness.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

While a fish or a hamster may not provide this benefit, other pets, such as dogs and cats, do tend to encourage their owners to spend more time outdoors.

This is especially the case with dogs, and dog owners will likely find themselves outdoors so much more than they would have been, all because of their dog. Dogs can still comfort their owners even after they’ve passed with the help of jewelry such as ash necklaces. Ash necklaces use a very small cremation urn to store your pet’s ashes so they can always be close to you.

Did you know that spending more time outdoors can have a direct effect on how happy you’re feeling?

Even if you just spend half an hour a day at your local park with your dog, you will experience:

• Less stress

• More empathy

• Increased concentration and creativity

• An increase in physical fitness

• An improvement in overall health

As you can imagine, when experiencing all of those different benefits, your sadness will soon disappear!

Pets add so much to our lives, and the fact that an animal can almost immediately make a person feel happier is a huge added bonus for pet owners. Whether you own a dog, a cat, a fish, or anything else, try turning to your pet the next time you are feeling sad for an instant mood lift. Learn more here about how your pets can help boost your mood!