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Puppy Socialization Adventure Walks


Is your puppy ready to start exploring beyond the backyard? Expanding your puppy’s socialization beyond your home and their puppy classes requires a balancing act between needed exposure and needed vaccinations. Taking precautions and limiting where you go on puppy adventures will help minimize risk of disease while still allowing for crucial exposure needed during a puppy’s imprint period (which ends around 14 to 16 weeks of age).

As you’ll read below, these walks aren’t about direct interaction with people and other animals, but about positive exposure to these things from a distance. This makes it easier to manage disease-exposure risks and also practice recommended social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll want to carefully choose where you take your puppy on socialization adventures. Avoid areas where other dogs frequent or go to the bathroom (such as pet stores or near dog parks), and don’t allow your puppy to drink from puddles. You can further protect your puppy by taking them out for these walks in a stroller rather than on a leash. Speak with your veterinarian to ensure that your puppy is on track for their vaccinations, and what risks are prevalent in your area to be mindful of.

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Topics: Environmental Enrichment, Puppy, Dog, Dog Walking, Exercise, Behavior

Dog Boredom Buster: The Sniffari Walk


If your dog is bored and you're looking for new and fun ways to burn off some of their excess energy, go on a sniffari! Your dog will enjoy the freedom of getting to explore at their own pace and sniff all the wonderful smells they encounter. These walks also give us humans a chance to decompress and take in nature. And luckily, going on a sniffari can give you a way to get outside and still socially distance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Topics: Environmental Enrichment, Puppy, Dog, Dog Walking, Exercise, Behavior

Is Your Dog Quiet ... Maybe Bored?


Is your dog reserved? The reason could be one of these three things 

“My dog is more quiet than usual?” “He’s more reserved.” “He just seems bored.” These are all fairly common questions, concerns, and statements from dog owners during veterinary visits.  

But is it always boredom or “getting older” that causes a dog to be more reserved, quiet, or to slow down?

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Topics: Dog Training, Environmental Enrichment

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