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Ensuring Your Pet´s Safety in Spain

Ensuring Your Pet´s Safety in Spain

Are you traveling or moving to Spain with pets? For us animal-lovers, traveling or moving without your pet is not an option. Pets can run away or get lost. We all know it happens, even if you are a responsible owner. It is the worst feeling in the world knowing that your pet is somewhere out there alone and scared, especially in a foreign country. (more…)

Pet wearables

Pet wearables

Technology is always around us and constantly evolving.  The wearable technology market is one of the fastest growing technology sectors. The ever popular “FitBit” started it all and more recently, the Apple iWatch added to the competition. But, did you know they have wearable technology for pets also? Yes, that’s right, your dog can be tech-savvy too! These devices are great to make sure your dog is getting enough activity and staying healthy. Check out these cool wearable options for pets:
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Doga: Discover the Benefits of Yoga with Dogs

Doga: Discover the Benefits of Yoga with Dogs

Each day, the number of people who choose to excersie with their dogs grows. Going for a jog or for a walk with our 4-pawed friends is great for our physical health, it motivates us, and improves our mood, among other things.

With that in mind, it´s no surprise that activities like canicross (cross-country running with dogs) or flyball are rising in popularity. Still, these two sports aren´t the only ones: less well known activities like doga are attracting new enthusiasts everyday.

This activity, which originated in the US, is relatively recent development. It´s name is a portmanteau, originating from the fusion of ¨yoga¨ and ¨dog¨. Obviously enough, doga is simply the practice of doing yoga with your dog.

We live stressful, demanding lives, always rushing from one place to the next, and we tend to forget that our pets share these lives with us. That is to say, our pets deal with the hustle & bustle, the frenetic rhythm of our lifestyles too. This way of life, in fact, can contribute to stages of considerable stress and/or anxiety that threaten our health. For this reason, in the past few years, centers that offer doga sessions have been particularly successful.

Doga combines physical exercise with relaxation through controlled breathing, helping to aleviate tensions and stress. It´s benefits are shared in pairs, precisely because doga was built around this bilateral interaction between dogs and humans.

These exercises can be done with any kind of canine. However, doga sessions should be adapted to the physical characteristics of the dog (e.g. size and weight). In general, doga incorporates the positions and maneuveurs of a traditional yoga session, although some are modified to increase interaction between dog and owner.

According to experts, doga is beneficial for a dog´s physical health since it improves cardiovascular circulation, increases flexibility, and tones muscles. It also provides important emotional and psychological benefits. For example, it helps dogs to relax and concentrate, and it even results in synchronized breathing between the dog-owner pairs, which fortifies the bond between them. In this sense, doga can help develop an intimate connection between dogs and their humans and also serves as the perfect warmup before canine training sessions.

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Hearts that Beat In Sync: The Powerful Bond Between Owners and their Dogs

Hearts that Beat In Sync: The Powerful Bond Between Owners and their Dogs

Our dogs are always right with us, they’re our gaurdians, and they help us to go through illnesses. They listen, they comfort, and even can become a child’s best teacher and friend.

These are all examples of the strong bond between us and them. But although it may seem to be, this link isn’t just an emotional one; there’s also a real, measurable effect that comes from it, which has been proven by various studies.

According to a number of experts, the bond between dogs and their owners shares similiarities with the bond between a mother and her child. This is explained by the levels of oxitocina (what’s often reffered to as the ¨love hormone¨) that vary while we’re with our pets.

Recently, an experiment conducted by Monash University in Australia and Pedigree (the pet food brand) has gone a step further, proving that the hearts of a dog and his owner can even beat in perfect synchronization.

This conclusion came from a study involving 3 pairs of dogs and their owners. In each of the three cases, the relationship was particularly strong between dog and owner since the dogs had become a strong source of emotional support for the owners, who’d had to cope with difficult situations like a serious illness.

By using a heart monitor, they were able to confirm a change in the rhythm of the heartbeats from the beginning of the experiment, while the owners were isolated, to the subsequent stage when the owners were reunited with their pets. This was more or less expected, since it’s already known that dogs can help us go through stressful situations.

What was unexpected, though, is that there was a noticeable synchronization between the heart rate of the dogs and their owners. The heart monitors showed that, little by little, their hearts began to beat in unison.

When the owners heard of the findings, they were moved, but not surprised: apparently, this gave an explanation for the connection they had always felt with their dog but were unable to describe.

With studies like these, science moves us closer to understanding dogs and reminds us how amazing it is to have them by our side. They’re incredible companions, don’t you think?

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Dogs: The Best Medicine for a Healthy Heart

Dogs: The Best Medicine for a Healthy Heart

There’re so many reasons we share our lives with our dogs, they’re our best friends, they protect us, they take care of us, they’re always by our side… The list goes on. Now, based on a recent scientific study, we can add another: dogs offer the best kind of medecine for a healthy heart. Owning a dog improves our lives on an emotional level. Sure, this might not be a huge discovery for those of us who’ve spent countless days with our furry friends, but we might not be completely aware of the physical benefits they bring to our lives.

This study, which took place in Houston, Texas, confirmed the positive influence that dogs have on our cardiovascular health. To reach this conclusion, they studied more than 5,000 different cases.

How does their company make for healthier hearts?

When we take care of our dogs, we also inevitably change some of our daily routines, in adapting to their specific needs. The simple fact of owning a dog means that we’ve taken on additional daily responsibilities that, in many cases, change us in positive ways. One of these responsibilities is walking our dogs.

Experts claim that dog owners who regularly take their pets on walks are in much better physical shape than those who don’t, and even in better shape than non-dog owners who walk as a form of exercise themselves. What does this mean? That there’s one less excuse to get off the couch, grab a leash, and take Fido (or Rover) for a walk…

Going out with our dog and doing some type of physical activity helps to relieve a day’s worth of tension and stress. It helps to prevent depressive spells, to strengthen the bond between us and our dogs, and to fight off the couch potato that lives in all of us. This time together is just as healthy for dogs as it is for their humans.

Besides that, some research asserts that pet owners tend to have healthier levels of cholestrol and are more likely to survive heart attacks. Surprising, huh?

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Dog obesity: risks and advice to keep your dog in shape

Dog obesity: risks and advice to keep your dog in shape

Every day we become more conscious about the negative effects of obesity in humans. However, we aren’t when it comes to our pets. We don’t pay that much attention to what our dogs are eating, something that can damage their health.

Even though it may not seem like dog obesity is a problem that affects many dogs. In the United States, there are over 43 million dogs that are overweight. In Spain, between 20 and 40 % of dogs are overweight.

Weight gain can cause respiratory problems in dogs, premature wear of the joints and diabetes. Which is why dog owners shouldn’t take this matter lightly. If you think your dog may be overweight the best thing to do is to visit the vet. The vet will recommend what to do based on your dog’s age and breed.

Changing the dog’s lifestyle may be difficult at first, which is why you and your dog must work together. We must understand that giving him more food than he needs or treats is bad for him.

Sharing our food with him must stop. We know it’s hard to watch him stare at you while you eat, but you must be strong, it’s for his own good. Some of the food we eat is bad for him, he should only eat his own food.

It’s important to make sure his dog food is the correct one. Your dog’s food must be adjusted for his physical characteristics and activity. When in doubt it’s better to get a professional’s opinion.

It’s important for dogs to exercise, there are a lot of sports that owners and dogs can practice together; for example: fly ball, canicross or discdog. Exercise is good for you and your dog, not only physically but mentally, it releases stress and makes your bond stronger. Make sure to ask your veterinarian about the exercise you want to do, especially if your dog is older.

 

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