My pup Remix is no stranger to the bathtub and getting him into the tub usually ends up being a game of chase. However, I’m quite happy to report that I’m always the victor and for Remix, a nice warm bath is always the result. Like most pups out there, a case of the “zoomies” also occurs post-bath or if it’s not the puppy zooms, it’s the deep desire to rub himself all over the carpet, the bedsheets or the couch. I’m sure you can relate.
So why does this craziness happen? The exact answer remains a mystery, but I have scoured the internet and found some theories that might be able to answer this question.
1. Towel Down
This is my theory, and it’s an obvious one, that they’re just trying to dry off. Being wet can’t be the most comfortable feeling. So running out the bathroom door and rubbing their body all over the carpet is just a wacky way of drying their fur. After all, who needs a towel when there are bed sheets and couches that do the same thing.
2. That Fresh Funk
According to PuppyLeaks, your pup might be trying to get their own scent back. While we may enjoy the vanilla almond scent of our dog’s shampoo, the truth is, our pups just want to smell like dog. All that rolling in fresh grass and frolicking in dirt mixed with that wet dog smell is the Eau de Dog that they prefer over vanilla almond.
Petful suggests that your pup might be celebrating their post-bath freedom. I think I could get onboard with this theory. Remix hates baths so getting out of the bathroom is probably a huge relief that bath time is finally over. I’d celebrate too if I were him.
Daily Puppy‘s theory is that not all dogs are stressed from baths so all that running around might just be a sign of happiness. Some dogs like running and playing when they’re wet and others might not.
This last little tid bit is from My Smart Puppy. While science may not have figured this zoomies stuff out yet, they’ve at least given it a technical name to properly identify it. Experts use the term F.R.A.P., or “frapping,” which stands for Frenetic Random Activity Periods. So all the play bows, barking and unruly behaviour that is exhibited can be used under this acronym! They suggest organizing a good walk or play session before FRAPS happen can help short circuit those charming energy bursts.
These are just a few theories of why our pup’s go crazy after a bath. If you have any theories to add, be sure to let us know! 😀
The doorbell rang the other day and I was surprised to see my neighbor standing on my porch with a beautiful black Labrador Retriever on a leash. Mary lost her dog, Shawnee, to cancer three years ago. Because she and her husband are in a busy stage of life — with aging parents and as soon-to-be grandparents themselves — they agreed that holding off on getting another dog was best.
Mary and I can go months without talking because our houses are separated by hills and woods, but earlier in the week we caught up by the mailboxes. When I saw her on my porch just a few days later, I was surprised she hadn’t mentioned they had gotten another Lab. Having a black Lab myself, I have a soft spot for the breed and this was a particularly handsome — wait a minute! It was my black Lab, Jack! Mary found him waiting for her in her driveway when she returned from a walk and kindly brought him home.
Shawnee died the winter we were displaced after our fire, and Jack — who loved her — can’t seem to understand she’s gone. A couple of times a year he goes on a “walk about” and usually makes a dash for Mary’s house. I’m thankful she and her husband are dog lovers in general and are fond of Jack, in particular. We have worked very hard to train Jack, and he is a well-behaved dog — very friendly and rarely barks — and yet he’s clearly not perfect. We’re so thankful for our neighbors’ patience.
Not everyone hits the jackpot like we have when it comes to neighbors. Here a few suggestions on how you can help your dog be the very best neighbor.
Train. A well-behaved dog makes everything easier. Once upon a time I wasn’t a fan of dogs. I just knew too many that were untrained and didn’t get enough exercise. Frankly, it’s a lot of work. Taking the time to train your dog early will pay off for years to come, for you and certainly your neighbors.
Exercise. My friend likes to say, “A tired puppy is a good puppy.” So many problems can be avoided by giving your dog a daily walk. It’s good for both of you and builds your relationship.
Make Introductions. When you first move in or when you bring your dog home, make sure to properly introduce him to the neighbors. This simple step can save you a load of future trouble. You’ll know if your neighbors love dogs or if there is any hesitancy or anxiety. Tell your neighbor your intentions: You want to be responsible and a good neighbor. And ask them to tell you if they have any concerns or notice anything you may miss.
Secure your dogs. “Good fences make good neighbors.” A poem by Robert Frost actually questions this, but it’s never more true than when it comes to canines. If only for their own safety, make sure your dogs have secure boundaries.
If your yard is small, a traditional fence is your best bet. If your yard is quite large, an underground or electric fence may be a better choice. I know this is controversial. Many consider the use of any form of shock cruel. After our fire, with the position of our new house and the hills and woods, an underground fence was the only affordable option for us. I carefully trained the dogs on a leash. They learned their boundaries quickly and didn’t challenge them. Neither is particularly strong-willed nor has the hunting instinct. They rarely even trigger the warning beeps. This system isn’t for every dog, but it works beautifully for ours.
Make Requests. If your dogs have any issues, make them known to your neighbors and politely ask for their support. A friend of mine had a dog named Miss Marple who didn’t like children. We didn’t have dogs then, and my kids were mad to pet any dog they met, but she politely let us know Miss Marple preferred to keep to herself. If I had young neighbors, I would invest in a solid fence to keep fingers out and prevent any possible accidents, even though my dogs are incredibly friendly.
Check In. Ask how things are going, especially when you aren’t around. Even if your dog is inside, he may bark non-stop when you’re away. Most people hate anything close to conflict and won’t complain, but if you invite feedback they will be more likely to tell you. If your dog is being a nuisance, you want to know, for his and your neighbor’s sake.
Even when everyone has the best intentions there can be problems. While we were rebuilding, our next-door neighbors adopted a beautiful German shepherd puppy. When we moved back in, he was almost a year old and viewed us, and our kids especially, as interlopers. Our yards are large and separated by woods and a hill. Our neighbors, who are great, had no idea their dog was charging down the wooded hill that separates our properties and barking every time one of us went in the backyard.
My kids loved the dog, but he was tearing up our new lawn, and even more troubling, he was standing his ground and growling — on our property. My husband let the neighbors know what was going on. Paul was calm and reasonable. We weren’t angry, but concerned. The neighbors were apologetic and responded immediately. The first fixes didn’t work, and Paul let them know, again calmly and reasonably. In a few weeks, everything was resolved safely and amicably.
Obviously this was a best-case scenario: both parties reasonable and responsible dog owners and lovers. But a lot can be learned from our situation.
If you are the neighbor:
Assume The Best. Your neighbors, like ours, may be unaware of the problem and eager to fix it. Maybe not, but a positive attitude won’t hurt. -Calmly explain the situation. Getting upset makes everything more challenging and invites defensiveness from your neighbor. Stay calm and positive. -Be patient — my one caveat is unless the dog poses an immediate threat and your neighbor refuses to take direct action.
If you are the dog owner:
-Stay Calm. This may be difficult. Your neighbor’s concerns may feel like an attack. At the very least it’s uncomfortable hearing your beloved dog is being a pest. -Listen. You may be tempted to defend your dog or minimize your neighbor’s concerns, but don’t. -Make sure you hear and understand the problem. This is Being a Human 101, but so many of us miss it. -Brainstorm solutions. This may be obvious depending on the situation, but involving your neighbor in the problem solving will underline your concern and, potentially, save a lot of time.
Successful relationships take hard work. Here are some pro tips on how to maintain a healthy and happy relationship with your dog once the honeymoon phase has fizzled.
1. Open communication is important
Healthy couples speak openly and honestly without the distraction of phones, tablets, laptops, Kong toys, rawhides, etc.
You shouldn’t have to say the word “pizza” to get your pup’s attention.
When you withhold your feelings in your relationship with your pup, you are contributing to the problem. Do you wish he’d spend more time longingly staring at you instead of licking his privates? Speak up. You’ll be glad you did.
2. Don’t try to make your dog jealous
Jealousy is a part of even the healthiest relationships, so it’s unnecessary for you to make an effort to incite even more of this emotion within your partner.
Remember: a child makes their dog jealous of other pups. A real adult makes other pups jealous of their dog.
Sure, jealousy is an easy way to fan the flame of your human ego, but in the end it will backfire.When you try to make your dog jealous, you are purposefully manipulating his emotions and it’s a matter of time until it blows up in your face. The flame of your ego will grow out of control and take both you and your pooch down in a a fiery inferno of resentment. \
3. Be sure to take care of the business side of your relationship
Money is the cause for nearly one third of all divorces. There’s no shame in your dog being a “stay at home pup,” but it is important to have direct and honest chats about your expectations surrounding money with your little furball.
Some dogs don’t mind helping out a little.
If your pooch is routinely spending money you don’t have on trivial things, speak up. He doesn’t need another stuffed squirrel squeak toy (he already has seven), and he’ll thank you when retirement hits and you have enough stashed away for that trip to BarbedosBarkbedos.
4. Make time for the things you loved at the beginning of your relationship
The longer you are in a co-dependent relationship, the easier it is to stop making an effort with your dog. The honeymoon period may be over, that doesn’t mean that you and your pooch are doomed for a lifetime of boring routine.
Get back into the swing of things by doing the stuff you both enjoyed back in those puppy days.
Sure you may need to find a bigger swing, but it will definitely help keep that spark alive and show your dog that you care and are making an effort to do things that are important to him.
5. But also make time to try something new together
Another way to keep your relationship with your canine companion from getting stale is to try something together that neither of you has done before.
Go ahead: Buy the motorcycle. Just be sure it has a sidecar.
Not only will you both learn a new skill, it will increase your confidence levels as well. This way, you can grow together instead of apart. Plus, trying new things will keep you both young at heart.
6. Stay connected physically
Sometimes when the newness of a relationship wears off, we forget the things that differentiate our relationship with OUR dog versus any rando dog on the street.
You have to make an effort to keep that romance alive.
The relationship you share with your pup is intimate and special. Hug often. Give him pats frequently. Surprise him with a random smooch on the head. He’s not just your friend, he’s your dog and you have a duty to make him feel loved. Physical touch is a big part of this.
7. Never go to bed angry
Maybe he pooped in your shoe. Maybe you forgot to bring home the treats. Either way, take a breath, step back and think: Is this worth getting upset over?
This dog should process his anger and articulate his feelings.
Getting frustrated with your pup partner is normal. How you deal with said anger is what determines if your relationship is healthy or not. Never tuck your little dude into bed if either of you is still fuming. It’s not worth it.
9. Remember: little gestures go a long way
Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to remind our partner how much we appreciate them.
This dog has got the right idea.
Little gestures are an easy way to not only surprise each other, but to say “I love you.” This works best when it doesn’t feel forced, but rather like you are getting joy from putting a smile on your better half’s face.
8. Continue to compliment one another
When you truly mean it, a compliment can go a long way towards making your pooch feel seen and appreciated.
A genuine compliment lets your pup know how much they mean to you.
A well timed “good boy!” can make your pup’s whole week, by proving you’re not taking them for granted (and vice versa). Remember, we all want to feel treasured by the one we love most.
9. Build in some time apart
Being able to do your own thing sometimes and remain independent is vital to any relationship.
Give him space so that he can miss you. It’ll make reuniting that much sweeter.
When you spend too much time with your dog without taking any time for yourself, it can create an unhealthy codependence. So encourage your pup to hit the park with his friends while you take that pottery class you’ve had your eye on. When you link back up later you’ll have lots to talk about, plus you’ll appreciate each other’s company that much more.
10. Make plans for the future
Setting goals is as important to your overall happiness as a couple of bozos.
Growing older with your pup can be a blast!
You’ll both feel more secure if you take time to talk about what you’d like the future to look like. Perhaps that means talking about how many kids more dogs you want. If you’re a planner and your pooch is a more go-with-the-flow kind of guy, you can start small: think planning a road trip, or planning what kind of kibble you should make for dinner.
11. Do your best to keep an open mind
People/dogs change over time.
It’s entirely possible that one day your dog could choose to start accessorizing and/or walking everywhere on his hind legs.
True love means accepting your partner for who they are on the inside, rather than only being concerned with their outward appearance. Your dog should be big enough to accept you for who you are on the inside — even if you both know that bangs probably don’t work for your face shape but you wanted to try them anyway. Both of your appearances will inevitably change over time. It’s imperative that the two of you try your best to accept each other wholeheartedly.
Implementing these tips will help your relationship with your dog grow stronger, happier, and healthier. Not only will you both feel more desirable to one another, you will help those around you by inspiring them with your loving, secure relationship.
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The Big Apple. The Concrete Jungle. The City That Never Sleeps. Whatever you call it, New York City is an urban playground for all types of dog and dog parents. Dogs in NYC are frequently seen shopping in stores, getting Puppacinos, having dinner on the patio, wearing fabulous outfits, riding in taxis… basically doing many of the things their human counterparts like to do.
Nola Princess Monkey definitely enjoys the perks of being a city pup.
But there’s one thing that isn’t safe for city dogs to be doing like their humans — and that’s walking around without a leash.
There are a lot of reasons that New York City law (as well as most other cities) states that dogs must be on a leash unless in a specifically designated area — and they are all for the safety of your pet. Many of these are for reasons you already know, but some you may not realize. We took a deeper look and broke it down for you:
1. Your dog is an animal and has instincts that are sometimes stronger than their desire to be next to you.
Even the most well-trained dog still has instincts that may override their judgment. Even if they’ve been walking off-leash for years, it only takes one time for something to go horribly wrong. Between loud noises that can spook your pup, squirrels and pigeons that may set off their prey drive, excited children and people, stray cats running loose, or even cops on horseback, urban living presents a unique set of challenges.
2. Puppies may follow you everywhere at first, but that will change.
Since puppies tend to follow their owners everywhere, it’s natural to think they’ll do that forever. (And you kinda hope they do.) However, puppies’ limited attention spans means they’re at a greater risk for chasing after something they think is interesting. Secondly, they’re not as likely to stay by your side as they become more independent and curious. This isn’t something you want to find out when your pup is off leash in a busy area!
3. Your dog may be friendly, but that doesn’t mean everyone else’s is.
As a trainer, I work with a lot of leash reactive and/or aggressive dogs. Something that doesn’t occur to most people is how dangerous this scenario is for their pet.
Some aggressive dogs do not present signs of aggression until your dog is right in front of them. If your dog runs over to say hi and the aggressive dog snaps, the person holding the leash cannot control their pup and keep yours at a distance at the same time. The off-leash dog still has access to keep coming at the other dog. The only person who can pull them away is you (and your bare hands), so you might end up with a bite if a fight breaks out. Worse, if a fight does break out, the blame rests with the person whose dog was not properly restrained.
4. It’s the law.
Yes, it is. NYC law states that a dog must be on a leash no more than 6 feet long. Be sure to check your city/state laws to see what they require.
5. [Insert Excuse Here]
I’ll take a minute to address some of the common excuses I hear about why a dog is off leash:
1. “Sometimes I don’t have time to get their leash on, and I’m just taking them out for a quick pee.”
It takes a few seconds to leash your dog up, and could mean the difference of saving its life.
2. “It’s not fair that the dog has to be on a leash all of the time.”
It doesn’t diminish the quality of their life whatsoever for a dog to walk on a leash. In fact, you could be hurting your dog by not having them on a leash. There are over 40 off-leash parks and dog runs in NYC alone, so feel free to take them to any one of those for some room to run!
3. “My dog is trained and/or would never run off.”
See above. There is no guarantee that it won’t happen at some point, and it only takes one time for the worst to take place.
4. “My dog won’t walk on a leash.”
That means that your dog definitely isn’t trained, so you should get on that immediately. Any dog can walk on a leash, but some do need help with learning the skills. Is cutting a few corners on teaching them basic obedience easier than risking losing your pet altogether?
5. Don’t let your ego play a role in your pup’s safety!
Thinking that your dog will never leave your side is a dire mistake. You might think you look cool when your dog follows at your side without a leash on, but will you look as cool when you’re chasing after them or having to rush them to the emergency vet because they got hurt in a situation that could have been prevented with a leash? Probably not. Getting busted and having to pay a $2,000 fee is also not cool.
At the end of the day, good leash habits come down to the safety and well-being of your pet. Even the quietest neighborhood doesn’t guarantee safety from an aggressive dog, a stray cat, or even a car that skips a stop sign while you’re crossing the street. The laws are in place for a reason — and it’s so that you and your wonderful dog can be safe!
Striking up a conversation with that cool dog at the party shouldn’t have to feel like a struggle. Learn how to approach dogs the smooth way with these five easy steps. Who knows? You might get a hand lick out of it.