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7 Things to Consider Before Taking Your Dog Hiking

As the sun is out more, and temperatures start to rise, what better way to spend time with your dog than with a beautiful hike? There’s nothing better than the great outdoors, fresh air, and having your happy little sidekick along for the adventure!

There are a few things to consider before you embark on your journey however.

Below we have a list of some precautions to take before hiking with your pup, and a few tips for during the hike as well!

  1. If your dog is still quite young, or a senior, they might not be up for the challenge of a hike. Dogs that are too young/old may lack the strength and stamina to do long, steep hikes. Also, their immune systems are more compromised, and being exposed to the unknown can lead to a trip to the vet clinic.
  2. Dogs that have not received proper training will have a harder time following your commands on a trail. There are many new smells and sights to see, which can make your dog listening to you all the more difficult.
  3. Make sure to bring enough water for both of you! It is easy to remember water for yourself, but your little furry friend will need water as well! There are plenty of options for portable dog bowls to easily carry with you on your hike.
  4. Your dog’s vaccinations should be up-to-date before you go hiking. Making sure all vaccinations stay updated will help protect your pup from diseases encountered out in the wild. It is also a good idea to make sure your pet is protected from fleas and ticks. Lucky for you Shaggy Shack offers flea treatments with grooming services. Click here to find out more.
  5. Build up some stamina! If your dog is new to hiking, start with a smaller, easier trail and move up from there. No one is ready for a marathon without some training! This is a good way for you to build stamina as well.
  6. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash, even if they are off-leash trained. If your dog is off a leash they could scare other hikers, get injured out of your line of sight, or damage native foliage off trail.
  7. Bring some doggy essentials! Be sure to pack a water bowl, dog snacks, poop bags, a compact first aid kit, a towel, and an extra leash just in case!

If you find a trail you are wanting to hike that is possibly too much for your pup, you can always put them in daycare! In daycare your pup can run around and be social with other dogs, so they will still be having fun! For more information on daycare click here.

We hope you have fun adventuring in the wild with your dog, and be sure to tag us in your hiking photos @shaggyshackpetresort on Instagram.

Activities For You and Your Pup While Practicing Social Distancing

Staying at home lately has not been everyone’s favorite pastime, but our dogs are loving it! Extra cuddles, walks, and play time is just what social distancing has in store for our furry friends. 

Maybe you’ve walked around the block more times than you can count, but we have got a list of other activities you can do for and with your pup!

Outdoor Activities With Your Dog:

  • Backyard Treasure Hunt! One of the most used senses of a dog is their smell! Dogs’ noses can pick up smells way better than us humans! A great way to play with their natural instincts is with a treasure hunt. Scatter food, or healthy treats, in your backyard and just watch your pup have a hay-day!
  • Go for a hike! Get outside for a few hours with some fresh scenery, and new smells! Hiking with your dog provides good exercise, a peaceful environment, and an opportunity to tighten your bond. 
  • Long walks! Go a little further than just a lap or two around the block. Take your pup on a new route everyday for your walks together and explore your local area! 

Inside Activities With Your Dog:

  • Make your own treats! Spend some time in your kitchen baking homemade treats for your furry friend. There are plenty of easy recipes on Pinterest, that usually involve peanut butter and applesauce! Or if you are looking for human foods that are good for your pup as well click here.
  • Scavenger hunt! Try hiding treats throughout your house for your dog to find and keep them occupied for a period of time. Just make sure not to hide anything in your couch cushions, unless you were planning on getting a new one anyway.
  • Stairway/Hallway fetch! Throw your pup’s favorite ball up the stairs or down a hallway to give them some exercise. This will also help get some of their energy out so your furry friend keeps from getting stir crazy!
  • Extra snuggles! Social distancing and quarantine is perfect for getting some extra snuggle time with your best friend. There’s no such thing as too many snuggles!

These are only a few activities you and your dog can do together. Be sure to get creative and have fun!

For those of you who still go in to work (or even if you just want to go adventure on your own), Shaggy Shack is still open for daycare services, click here to find out more.

We hope you all stay safe and healthy out there, and be sure to give your pup some extra love while we have the time to do it!

Are Bugs Toxic For My Dog?

With spring coming upon us soon we will see flowers, have longer days, and of course bugs, but which ones are toxic to your dog? Now, don’t get us wrong, there are many little insects out there that are perfectly harmless to your furry friend. However, there are a few to look out for here in the Spanaway, Puyallup, and Tacoma area. 

Below we have a short list of bugs that are toxic to your dog, and also a few that can be harmful but not deadly. 

Insects Toxic to Dogs:

Monarch Caterpillars: While it is highly unlikely your pup will be munching on one of these bugs, the effects can still have some serious cause for concern. The main cause of the toxins from this caterpillar is from milkweed, the plant monarch caterpillars eat before they change into a butterfly. Milkweed poisoning can cause: vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, seizures, tremors, and can lead to death

Stink Bugs: These insects were given the name for their nasty odor they emit when feeling threatened or crushed- seriously yuck! They may be stinky, but they are not toxic to your pup. If too many are munched on at a time there can be some side effects such as an upset stomach, or in more serious cases a bezoar in the stomach (a hard mass). If that is the case be sure to take your pup to the vet, surgery may be necessary.

Brown Recluse Spiders: This creepy crawly isn’t just a problem for us humans, they can cause fatal effects on your dog, and quicker as well. The brown recluse spider has a poisonous bite that causes the tissue at the site to die. Besides this, the bite can cause serious illness or death for your pet. This spider has been found in the Pacific Northwest, and Washington especially!

Insects Harmful to Dogs:

Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are known for being a little pesky, and we all know how itchy those darn bites can be! While dogs can also get the occasional obnoxious bite, there is a little more to worry about. A bite from a female mosquito can transmit heart worm to your pup through the site of the bite. A full grown heart worm can be up to 12 inches long, which can cause some major issues. Consult your nearest vet in the Spanaway area to learn about preventative measures.

Fleas: These little guys are a fast-multiplying pain in the tail! It only takes 21 days for one flea to turn into 1,000! While fleas cause itching, scratching, and just general irritation, they can also bring about tapeworms to your dog. Lucky for you, Shaggy Shack can do easy flea treatments for your pup, click here to find out more about our grooming flea treatments.

Bees: While bees usually won’t cause major problems with your pet, you can almost always count on some kind of reaction. Have you ever seen a pup’s face after eating a bee?! They almost look like a cartoon. The worst thing to worry about with bees and dogs is if your dog could be allergic to them. If you are unsure and your pet has been stung, take him to the vet to avoid anything more than just some swelling.

If you are worried about your pet getting into any of these bugs while you are gone at work, there is always daycare for your pet here in Spanaway. Shaggy Shack offers daycare 7 days a week, with trained staff to keep an eye on your pets. Click here for more information on doggie daycare.

We hope you and your pets enjoy the outdoors and the spring weather coming our way, just make sure to pay close attention to things your pup is munching on out there!