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  • Posted on January 21, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    There may still be snow on the ground here at When Pooch Comes to Shove headquarters but that doesn't mean the gardening hasn't begun. From yummy vegetable gardens to fabulous floral displays, the delicate little seedlings are being started. Nestled in the tiny greenhouses, soaking up sunshine from the warm indoors, each little guy will find a home outside as soon as the threat of frost is gone. BUT - then the threat of d-o-g is upon them.

    The soft ground and smells of spring are hard to resist for any pooch. With a little planning and these tips, you can easily dog proof your garden so everyone can enjoy the backyard.

    Dog Proof Your Garden


    When you are planning your dog proof strategy, it is important to make choices that are first, best for your dog, and second, healthy for the plants. Start with landscaping and ground cover that is easy for dogs to walk on and doesn't imbed in the fur of long-haired pups - but also one that will let the ground transfer moisture so mold doesn't grow and your plants can thrive.

    After choosing the base of your gardens, decide on plants that are going to be tough enough to stand up to a romp by Fido. Smaller pups can probably romp through the violets once or twice without a lot of damage but a Labrador may not be so gentle. If you have a rambunctious pup, your best bet might be a hearty foliage garden full of hostas with just a few special annuals scattered about.

    And finally, decide on a grass that will withstand your pups outdoor visits. Artificial lawn will wash up in the rain or with a pressure washer while sturdier grasses can handle the urine burn better than delicate grass varieties. There is also food additives for your pup that will reduce the nitrogen in the urine, stopping the lawn burn and topical treatments  for after Fido does his duty. It is best to review all of your options and make the choice that is best for you and your family.

    Vegetable gardens will typically have a fence to keep out all the critters so it isn't quite as important to follow all of these tips but they are still good to keep in mind.

    Most of all, make it a priority to not choose any plants that could be toxic or cause allergic reactions in your dogs or cats.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Tips and Tricks and was tagged with Pet Nutrition, Pet Grooming, Pet Safety

  • Posted on February 3, 2014 by Michelle Thatcher

    Well the groundhog seen its shadow and the verdict is in.  SIX more weeks of Winter!! Forty two days or exactly 1008 hours before Spring makes its grand entrance. For pet owners that means we have 60,480 minutes to get our furry friends ready for warmer weather. The clock is ticking 3,628,800 seconds to go, are you ready? Here are some important things to keep in mind as you prepare your four-legged friends for Spring.

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     Schedule a Check-Up:   A visit to your vet will ensure your pet has all the latest vaccinations, is tested for heart worm and treated for the dreaded flea and tick season. A clean bill of health is the first step in making sure your pet is ready for Spring time activities.



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    Exercise: During the winter months pets often spend more time indoors.  They tend to get less exercise and even though it takes more calories to maintain their winter coat and stay warm many animals can put on a few extra pounds.  Now is the time to start shedding those extra pounds.  As the weather warms getting back into a daily exercise routine can be very beneficial for your pets health.  A visit to a local park where your pet can run and play is just one of the many ways you can kick-start your Spring exercise routine.

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    Nutrition: Proper diet is equally important in preparing your pets for Spring.  Whether your pet needs to slim down or you're just looking to maintain a healthy meal plan many fruits and vegetables such as apples, bananas, pears, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, and celery make great healthy snacks for your pet.   Remember to wash and remove any seeds before feeding them to your pet.



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    Grooming & Pampering: Pets that feel better are happier, act friendlier and definitely  have more energy.   Grooming is a great way to bond with your pet but aside from daily brushing, weekly baths and an occasional trim, why not treat your pet to a day at the spa.  Many pet salons offer high end services, such as manicures, pedicures and spa treatments.  Remember a pampered pet is a happy pet!

    Lastly now is a great time to freshen up your pets sleeping area. Whether your pet is an indoor or outside pet, now is the time to replace bedding, toys and other items that winter has taken its toll on.  The clock is ticking, but if you start now you'll have plenty of time to get your pet ready for SPRING!!






    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Tips and Tricks and was tagged with Pet Nutrition, Pet Grooming

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