All dogs are different, but most have at least one thing in common—they love to run around and play off-leash.
Unfortunately, opportunities for dogs to play off-leash may be minimal in many areas, including here in Western Massachusetts. Most cities and towns have leash laws in place, and heavy road traffic can make even private yards risky in the case of a dog running out and into the street.
But this doesn’t mean our dogs are doomed to lives spent cooped up indoors or stuck on a leash. Western Massachusetts is home to plenty of dog parks, where pooches can run and play unrestrained to their heart’s content.
If you’re like a lot of people in Western Massachusetts who want to bring a new dog into the family, you’d rather go to a reliable animal shelter than buy from a pet store. There are a lot of reasons to prefer animal adoption over pet stores, from wanting to help an animal in need to a simple matter of budget.
Adding a dog to your household can bring you companionship, love, and loyalty. It can also lead to some challenges. Fortunately, with some preparation, discussion, and determination, you can help your new pet adjust to life with your family and make the transition go smoothly. Here are some tips for you and your family. Continue reading “What to Do When You Bring a New Dog Home”
If you live in an area where there’s cold weather, then you know that certain breeds of dogs do better than others in the ice and snow. Now, we’re taking a closer look at which breeds do best in freezing temperatures and wet snow, and why they adapt as well as they do.
During the winter, both you and your dog may be pent up indoors due to the cold and the weather. Icy conditions or snow can make it difficult to take your pet outside. However, there are a few things you can do with your pup indoors that may help them release that excess, pent-up energy and also maintain a healthy weight during the winter months. Continue reading “How to Keep Your Dog Active During Cold Winter Weather”