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Best Breeds for Therapy Dogs

Posted by Tonya Wituk

Have you ever been victim to the feelings of overwhelming stress and anxiety? Have you ever had one of THOSE days where nothing can seem to cheer you up? Well, a common solution to all of those problems may come in a very fluffy and adorable package! Studies have shown that therapy dogs have many positive effects on their caretakers. These benefits not only include aid in relief of stress or anxiety, but overall emotional support and pure, unconditional love as well. If one has the means to support it, then a therapy dog may be a very plausible solution to a human needing emotional support, as well as a welcome addition to the family! 


What makes a good therapy dog?

Many breeds that lend themselves to being an excellent therapy dog, have very affectionate and loyal personalities, enjoy being cuddled, and are usually great with children and company. Some other aspects to look for in a therapy dog breed include patience and a very calm temperament. To each their own, therapy dogs should fit the needs and preferences of their owner.


Therapy dogs differ from service dogs, in that their training will be more based upon the owners needs, rather than a structured training and certification required for service dogs. Therapy animals have different restrictions than service dogs, and are not allowed in public spaces unless noted. Therapy pets are also known as ESA’s, or emotional support animals.


Now the question arises: what therapy dog breed fits  my lifestyle the best? Read on, to discover the traits of 3 popular breeds, including the Labrador Retriever, the Poodle, and the Newfoundland. 


The Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is the most common therapy dog breed across the United States. A very versatile companion, the Retriever is relatively easy to train. The main reason that this breed of canine is so popular among those who experience stress and anxiety, is because of their affectionate and focused personality. Labrador Retrievers are also well known for their acceptance towards visitors and friendliness with other pets and children. Although retrievers are adaptable, they often don’t fare well with small apartment living due to their energetic tendencies and medium-sized average. Male Labrador Retrievers can grow to be around 24 inches tall, weighing in between 65-80 pounds, while the weight of female Retrievers ranges from 50-70 pounds while standing around 22 inches in height.

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Labrador_Retriever



The Poodle

The Poodle is renowned across the globe for its excellent intelligence and perky attitude. This breed serves as superb therapy dogs because of their hypoallergenic coat, affectionate personality, and adaptability to different environments. Although, their intelligence does become an inconvenience at times, with the dog refusing to do repetitive tasks unless bribed by treats. Poodles regularly come in three sizes, Toy, which weigh 4-5 pounds while being 9-11 inches tall, Miniature, which weigh 10-15 pounds and stand from 11-14 inches in height, and Standard, which weigh in from 45-60 pounds while being 18-24 inches tall depending on the gender.


https://www.quora.com/Which-size-between-toy-miniature-and-standard-is-the-best-one-among-poodles


The Newfoundland Dog

The Newfoundland Dog (Newfie) is a welcome addition to any home that has the means to support it. Truly a gigantic teddy bear, this big dog is a gentle giant. Very friendly, affectionate, and protective, the Newfie is a great fit for those in large houses/areas who struggle with stress and anxiety. This breed of dog is not a good fit for anywhere with very limited space and play area. A big, patient softie, the Newfoundland Dog (depending on gender) ranges from 63-75 inches in height, and can weigh anywhere between 100-150 pounds. 


https://dinoanimals.com/animals/newfoundland-dog-gentle-giant/


Helpful Articles/Works Cited:


https://www.veterinarians.org/newfoundland-dog/


https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/dog-breeds-that-make-the-best-therapy-dogs.html/


https://www.labradortraininghq.com/labrador-breed-information/best-therapy-dogs/

Written by blog contributor Kael Laselva



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Have you ever been victim to the feelings of overwhelming stress and anxiety? Have you ever had one of THOSE days where nothing can seem to cheer you up? Well, a common solution to all of those problems may come in a very fluffy and adorable package! Studies have shown that therapy dogs have many positive effects on their caretakers. These benefits not only include aid in relief of stress or anxiety, but overall emotional support and pure, unconditional love as well. If one has the means to support it, then a therapy dog may be a very plausible solution to a human needing emotional support, as well as a welcome addition to the family! 


What makes a good therapy dog?

Many breeds that lend themselves to being an excellent therapy dog, have very affectionate and loyal personalities, enjoy being cuddled, and are usually great with children and company. Some other aspects to look for in a therapy dog breed include patience and a very calm temperament. To each their own, therapy dogs should fit the needs and preferences of their owner.


Therapy dogs differ from service dogs, in that their training will be more based upon the owners needs, rather than a structured training and certification required for service dogs. Therapy animals have different restrictions than service dogs, and are not allowed in public spaces unless noted. Therapy pets are also known as ESA’s, or emotional support animals.


Now the question arises: what therapy dog breed fits  my lifestyle the best? Read on, to discover the traits of 3 popular breeds, including the Labrador Retriever, the Poodle, and the Newfoundland. 


The Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is the most common therapy dog breed across the United States. A very versatile companion, the Retriever is relatively easy to train. The main reason that this breed of canine is so popular among those who experience stress and anxiety, is because of their affectionate and focused personality. Labrador Retrievers are also well known for their acceptance towards visitors and friendliness with other pets and children. Although retrievers are adaptable, they often don’t fare well with small apartment living due to their energetic tendencies and medium-sized average. Male Labrador Retrievers can grow to be around 24 inches tall, weighing in between 65-80 pounds, while the weight of female Retrievers ranges from 50-70 pounds while standing around 22 inches in height.

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Labrador_Retriever



The Poodle

The Poodle is renowned across the globe for its excellent intelligence and perky attitude. This breed serves as superb therapy dogs because of their hypoallergenic coat, affectionate personality, and adaptability to different environments. Although, their intelligence does become an inconvenience at times, with the dog refusing to do repetitive tasks unless bribed by treats. Poodles regularly come in three sizes, Toy, which weigh 4-5 pounds while being 9-11 inches tall, Miniature, which weigh 10-15 pounds and stand from 11-14 inches in height, and Standard, which weigh in from 45-60 pounds while being 18-24 inches tall depending on the gender.


https://www.quora.com/Which-size-between-toy-miniature-and-standard-is-the-best-one-among-poodles


The Newfoundland Dog

The Newfoundland Dog (Newfie) is a welcome addition to any home that has the means to support it. Truly a gigantic teddy bear, this big dog is a gentle giant. Very friendly, affectionate, and protective, the Newfie is a great fit for those in large houses/areas who struggle with stress and anxiety. This breed of dog is not a good fit for anywhere with very limited space and play area. A big, patient softie, the Newfoundland Dog (depending on gender) ranges from 63-75 inches in height, and can weigh anywhere between 100-150 pounds. 


https://dinoanimals.com/animals/newfoundland-dog-gentle-giant/


Helpful Articles/Works Cited:


https://www.veterinarians.org/newfoundland-dog/


https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/dog-breeds-that-make-the-best-therapy-dogs.html/


https://www.labradortraininghq.com/labrador-breed-information/best-therapy-dogs/

Written by blog contributor Kael Laselva



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Benefits Of Dogs Around Babies

Posted by Jessica Luna

As a new mama with a little girl and a big fur baby life has been to say the least…chaotic. One thing before I had my daughter was learning about the many benefits of having my pup around her. There are many articles relating to how dogs are great for little ones as they are developing in life.
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As a new mama with a little girl and a big fur baby life has been to say the least…chaotic. One thing before I had my daughter was learning about the many benefits of having my pup around her. There are many articles relating to how dogs are great for little ones as they are developing in life.
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Facts About Goldendoodles

Posted by Tonya Wituk

The plan of bringing a new puppy into your family is exciting. If you are thinking about adding a Goldendoodle to the family, here are some facts about their personality and health.
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The plan of bringing a new puppy into your family is exciting. If you are thinking about adding a Goldendoodle to the family, here are some facts about their personality and health.
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As COVID eases a bit, and the workers of America begin to report back more frequently to the office, how do all of us pet owners know how to care best for our new covid furbabies?

There are a couple of answers depending on your work scenario, and the pets ability to move around.

If your pet is crated, then 3-4 hours tops before they should be visited to stretch their legs with a walk and a potty break, according to the PDSA. If you own a puppy or a highly active breed (aka Boxers, Australian Shepherds, Jack Russells) they will need to be checked on in a more frequent time schedule, with not more than an hour passing for puppies, and two to three hours for active pups who may take to chewing or tearing up furniture in your absence

With that being said, what are some options if you can't get away from the office that frequently? Dog walkers are an excellent choice! Many pet lovers have started to take on the tasks of dog walking, pet sitting, and running errands for your furry friends.  There are many sites you can enlist help from, including Rover.com, fiverr.com, care.com, and wagwalking.com

Perhaps you have a trustworthy neighbor who is retired or homebound during the day? This would be an excellent opportunity to give them some purpose and a small task that may add fulfillment to their day, to check in on your little furbabies.

And if your dwelling permits, there are some great options in installing dog doors to give your pet access to the yard to relieve themselves when home alone. There are pet doors you can install into a sliding door, or into a sheetrocked wall.

A bit more planning in order to they have access to potty breaks and a bit of human interaction during the day, will help pets to avoid developing bad habits within the home, developing anxiety issues, and will allow them to adapt to time away from you as you work to bring home the bacon!

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As COVID eases a bit, and the workers of America begin to report back more frequently to the office, how do all of us pet owners know how to care best for our new covid furbabies?

There are a couple of answers depending on your work scenario, and the pets ability to move around.

If your pet is crated, then 3-4 hours tops before they should be visited to stretch their legs with a walk and a potty break, according to the PDSA. If you own a puppy or a highly active breed (aka Boxers, Australian Shepherds, Jack Russells) they will need to be checked on in a more frequent time schedule, with not more than an hour passing for puppies, and two to three hours for active pups who may take to chewing or tearing up furniture in your absence

With that being said, what are some options if you can't get away from the office that frequently? Dog walkers are an excellent choice! Many pet lovers have started to take on the tasks of dog walking, pet sitting, and running errands for your furry friends.  There are many sites you can enlist help from, including Rover.com, fiverr.com, care.com, and wagwalking.com

Perhaps you have a trustworthy neighbor who is retired or homebound during the day? This would be an excellent opportunity to give them some purpose and a small task that may add fulfillment to their day, to check in on your little furbabies.

And if your dwelling permits, there are some great options in installing dog doors to give your pet access to the yard to relieve themselves when home alone. There are pet doors you can install into a sliding door, or into a sheetrocked wall.

A bit more planning in order to they have access to potty breaks and a bit of human interaction during the day, will help pets to avoid developing bad habits within the home, developing anxiety issues, and will allow them to adapt to time away from you as you work to bring home the bacon!

Read more

Top Halloween Costumes for Dogs

Posted by Tonya Wituk

Another year of spectacular designs of Halloween costumes has led to owners getting more creative with dressing up their pups! With so many different outfits available, it makes it hard to choose which one would be the best.
Some of our favorite types of Halloween costumes for dogs are those that don't require costumes. For example, one of the best outfits out there now are all thanks to the pooches fur: leading to a skeleton or a lion haircut and dye job!
For those that enjoy clothes and joining in on the Halloween festivities, here's a broad and interesting list of Halloween ideas in no particular order!
 
1) Chucky
2) Saddle and Cowboy Costume
3) Spider
4) Bumble Bee Dog Sweater
5) Prisoner Outfit
6) Sushi
7) Scuba Dog
8) Taco
9) Superwoman/Superman
10) Pirate
11) Hotdog
12) Batman/Robin
13) Cupcake
14) Ghostbuster
15) Wonder Woman
16) Dinosaur
17) Bat
18) Butterfly
19) Jack Skellington
20) Baby Yoda
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Another year of spectacular designs of Halloween costumes has led to owners getting more creative with dressing up their pups! With so many different outfits available, it makes it hard to choose which one would be the best.
Some of our favorite types of Halloween costumes for dogs are those that don't require costumes. For example, one of the best outfits out there now are all thanks to the pooches fur: leading to a skeleton or a lion haircut and dye job!
For those that enjoy clothes and joining in on the Halloween festivities, here's a broad and interesting list of Halloween ideas in no particular order!
 
1) Chucky
2) Saddle and Cowboy Costume
3) Spider
4) Bumble Bee Dog Sweater
5) Prisoner Outfit
6) Sushi
7) Scuba Dog
8) Taco
9) Superwoman/Superman
10) Pirate
11) Hotdog
12) Batman/Robin
13) Cupcake
14) Ghostbuster
15) Wonder Woman
16) Dinosaur
17) Bat
18) Butterfly
19) Jack Skellington
20) Baby Yoda
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