Celebrating National Dog Week

Celebrating National Dog Week

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, National Dog Week! As canine lovers we hardly feel there is a week full of more love, fur, and slobbery kisses than this one. We have an entire week to celebrate the beloved pups that make our lives full, but what the heck IS National Dog Week? NDW is dedicated to celebrating dogs and generating awareness of causes that focus on improving the lives of all dogs. Human personal education and mindfulness as a dog owner, lover, or even an acquaintance is as much a part of this special week as celebrating the dogs themselves. Without further ado let’s jump into how to celebrate this glorious week, shall we?

Volunteer

Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer! Local dog shelters and dog adoption organizations always need volunteers especially those passionate about our furry friends! This is something we can do all year round but if you are looking to give it a try for the first time what better time to start?  This is a great option for individuals and families with older children to make a big impact right in their own town. Becoming a foster home is also an excellent way to volunteer. Bringing a homeless pup into your life while they wait for their forever home is one of the most rewarding ways to help the dog community. As a starting point below is a list of a few local volunteer opportunities.  Happy Volunteering!

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Friends of Plymouth Pound (Plymouth, MA)          www.Friendsplymouthpound.org

Papas Pet Project (Manomet, MA)          https://papaspets.org/          774-205-5151

Helping Hands for Plymouth Animal Shelter (Plymouth, MA)         508-888-1186

          www.helpinghandsforpas.org

          [email protected]

Standish Humane Society (Duxbury, MA)          www.standishhumane.org          781-834-4663

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Support Local

Celebrate Dog Week by supporting the places your dog likes to shop. Head to your locally owned pet supply store for those special treats for Fido or that new rope toy for Gino. Stores like Papas Pet Project in Manomet, MA are non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of animals. Supporting local businesses with a passion for helping the dog community is like donating and pleasing your pup at the same time, it’s a win-win! Local pet supply stores often have volunteer opportunities as well as strong ties to animal advocacy/adoption organizations. Get to know the locally owned pet shops near you and discover ways you can become involved. If you are in the Plymouth area check out Papas Pet Project & Pet Supplies Plus.

Donate

Donations are the life blood of local shelters, adoption agencies, and advocacy organizations, during National Dog Week and all year long. Whether you donate your time as a volunteer or your money these organizations can’t do what they do without you! Research organizations that interest you and find one that aligns with your beliefs when it comes to the dog community, such as adopting less adoptable dogs or groups with a mission for stopping animal cruelty. Wherever your dog passion lies there is a place to match for you to donate.

Library dog beagle with glasses

Education

Celebrate National Dog Week by giving yourself the gift of education. Read books, blogs and articles dedicated to awareness in the dog community. Discover how you can be an advocate for dogs in a sustainable way all year long. Take some time to understand your own dog or any dogs you encounter regularly. Get to know the breed/mix, learn how to be the best dog owner/friend you can be! Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, what you learn will translate into your daily dog loving life. From understanding the current needs of your local shelters to learning how you can socialize your own dog the list of things to learn is endless!

Break the mold

Okay, so we have talked a lot about how to help the dog community but what about the precious pup in your home? Branch out from your dog’s regular routine and explore new places, friends, and fun! Try a dog friendly trail that is new to you and your pooch (see Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA Part: 1 & Part 2 for local options). Eat out at a restaurant that loves when you bring your pup, like Stack Shack in Plymouth. Head to the dog park to meet new friends! Does your dog LOVE a special type of bone they only get on Christmas or their birthday? Treat them to one or two during a week devoted entirely to them! Break the mold of your dog’s normal routine and spice it up for them this week.

party dog brown dog with party hat

Time to Celebrate!

National Dog Week is here and it’s time to get out there and celebrate! Whether you volunteer your time, donate, support local, educate yourself, or get out there and experience new people, places and things with your fur baby there is no better time. During your newfound advocacy don’t forget to provide some special touches for the pup that loves you unconditionally at home. Fun new toys and tasty treats go a long way with our fur babies. Let us know how you are choosing to celebrate National Dog Week; we can’t wait to hear from you!

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

JAC Mascots Misha Quinn brown newfies

Sources

dog.com – National Dog Week article

https://www.facebook.com/NatDogWeek/

 

Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA: Part 2

Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA: Part 2

The sun is out, a light chill fills the air, and the tourists have all gone home. It is a perfect day to explore a dog friendly trail with your precious pooch right here in Plymouth. Summer has faded fast and fall is quickly approaching which means our furry friends are once again welcome to roam on most beaches and trails, yay! If you are looking to spice up your routine with Buster or get Lucy out for a nice run why not hit a wide, well maintained, trail that offers scenic views just minutes from home. On the surface our town is stunning, this we know, but hidden throughout its 100 square miles are trails you never knew Plymouth had to offer. Did you catch Part 1 of our Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth series? Learn about 5 more totally PAWesome trails that you and your pup will love here.

What to pack?

Anytime we take our dog somewhere there are basics we want to have on hand, right? For example, we can all agree that it is never a good idea to leave home without poop bags. But what about when you are planning for a long-distance hike in a pretty remote location? When you are preparing for a venture to one of these trail locations the list of essentials is a bit more extensive. Being prepared is paramount to ensure the safety of you and your pup as you embark on your new adventures. Download our FREE list of Excursion Essentials for Your Pup and share with friends!

Plymouth MA wooded area

5 Plymouth Hiking/Walking Trails

ATTENTION: Check the Massachusetts Toxic Algae Pond Advisory list before you or your dog enter or drink the water of any pond listed in the following descriptions.

Little Pond Loop @ Morton Park

We could not resist starting the list off with Little Pond Loop at Morton Park. The towering forestry and beautiful blue water of Lout Pond and Billington Sea are unlike any other trail views in Plymouth! The wide, well worn paths make for easy use and keeps social distancing effortless. There are picnic tables and a recreational area near the parking lot at the main entrance. Your pup is sure to enjoy running the open trails and taking a dip before the car ride home. The trail itself is not clearly marked so if you are not interested in exploring a few paths that lead to nowhere we suggest downloading the All Trails app to ensure your 2.7 miles does not turn into 5+. Overall, the beauty, easy to use trails, and variety of activity options in Morton Park make this trail a must use!

Trail Length: 2.7 miles

Address: Morton Park Rd.

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Large lot just down from the main entrance

Map: Morton Park Trail

Mascot Misha at Plymouth Pond

Cranberry Bogs via Eel River Preserve Trail

If you love observing nature this is the trail for you! The abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat all along this trail is well worth the low land sludge you may encounter. The trail is low lying land so depending on recent weather patterns it may be quite muddy. If you are looking for a lesser known trail to explore all to yourself, this is the way to go! Excellent option for dogs who do not prefer the company of other dogs or humans. Come prepared with your waterproof shoes and bug spray to make this trail a positive experience.

Trail Length: 2.2 miles

Address: 204 Long Pond Rd. Plymouth, MA

Route Type: Loop

Parking: In lot at 204 Long Pond Rd.

Map: Eel River Preserve Trail

East Head Pond Trail @ Myles Standish

Rated the number 1 trail in all of Plymouth according to All Trails, East Head Pond Trail will not disappoint. This picturesque trail leads you around the full loop of East Head Pond. Stunning views of the water and blooming flowers are sure to keep your attention throughout the entire 2.6-mile loop. The flat terrain makes it an excellent choice for all skill levels and all size dogs. Its easy use and clearly marked signs will keep you on the right path without a second thought about it. Note that the trail is a bit narrow, but the light foot traffic makes social distancing easy. Wonderful choice for the whole family!

Trail Length: 2.6 miles

Address: 194 Cranberry Rd. (area of)

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Parking areas along the entrance of the State Park

Map: East Head Pond Trail/Myles Standish

Smiling big white dog with dog walker

Bentley Loop @ Myles Standish

Measuring in at just under 4 miles, Bentley’s Loop will get the blood pumping and lungs working for you and your pooch. Popular activities on this trail include mountain biking, horseback riding and of course hiking. Most importantly, dogs are more than welcome but must be kept on leash for this loop. Soak up the lovely seasonal flowers and foliage while catching a glimpse of the many varieties of birds who occupy this area. On a trail nearly 4 miles clearly marked navigation signs are a must and Bentley’s Loop does an excellent job of it. While there is no direct access for pond swimming there are a few access paths that lead to various small ponds for you and your pup to take a dip. Be sure to check the list of local Toxic Algae Ponds before letting your dog (or you) dive in.

Trail Length: 3.8 miles

Address: 194 Cranberry Rd (area of)

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Parking area near east entrance off Upper College Pond Rd..

Map: Bentley Loop/Myles Standish

Gramp’s Loop Trail @ Halfway Pond Conservation

Enjoy the gentle hills and impressive forestry while exploring 2 miles of well-kept trail. The hills increase in some areas of this trail making it ideal for larger dogs or fur babies not so low to the ground. Sneak peaks of Halfway Pond and benches at the most opportune times make Gramp’s Loop a wonderful spot for picnicking or an afternoon relaxing in the great outdoors. This is a lightly trafficked trail with clearly marked navigation signs to ensure you are never lost. Dogs are welcome here year-round, so don’t miss out on this hidden gem!

Trail Length: 2 miles

Address: Mast Rd. Plymouth, MA (area of)

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Parking area at entrance of the Conservation off Mast Rd.

Google Maps directions HERE

Map: Gramp’s Loop/Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Tick Check? You bet!

Don’t forget to do a tick check on your pup as well as yourself after every trail adventure. No time of year is 100% free from ticks as they can survive in temperatures as low as freezing. Even if your pet is on a tick preventative you should still give them a once over after having been in wooded and thickly settled areas. Don’t let a splendid adventure turn into a pest nightmare for you or your furry friend. Need more information about ticks? Check out our Blogs 6 Tips to Keep Your Dog and Cat Flea- and Tick-Free and Ticks Trailside

We’d love to hear from you!

Have you been convinced to get out there with your pup and start exploring? Are you feeling reinvigorated to try a new trail in Plymouth? Comment below with your favorite trails, comments, or questions about the trails we talked about today, let us know if you visit one of them. Check back for more local trail info soon!

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

Resources:

www.Alltrails.com

https://www.plymouth-ma.gov/marine-and-environmental-affairs/pages/town-plymouth-trail-maps

https://www.mass.gov/alerts/harmful-cyanobacterial-bloom-advisories-in-massachusetts#undefined

Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA: Part 1

Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA: Part 1

September is Responsible Dog Owner month and what better way to exercise (pun intended) our dog owner responsibility than taking our fun-loving fur baby out for a hike along our favorite Plymouth trails! We shared the TOP 3 benefits of exercise for your dog in our blog, 5 Reasons to say YES to hiring a Dog Walker, if you haven’t already check it out. We know getting our pups out in the fresh air and physically engaged is important, right? Well if you are like me you may know how important that aspect is as a dog owner, but you are not sure WHERE to go. Plymouth is packed full of fabulous trails just waiting for you and your pooch to explore! Whether you have an elderly dog who just needs a short, leisurely stroll or a 2-year-old yellow lab ready to run miles and miles, there is a trail just for them!

Why a trail?

Okay, so you have a routine with your dog that you are completely happy with. You just don’t see the point of going to a trail when your dog is not much of a walker. Venturing to a new place seems time consuming and you can’t squeeze in a trail blazing adventure. Well before we spill the beans on all the AMAZING trails in our town here’s some benefits of hitting a trail with your four-legged friend to win you over…

Benefits of hiking a trail with your dog

  • Mental Stimulation

    Offering your pup a new place with new sights and smells will give them the ultimate mental stimulation boost! Think of it as a natural shot of Happy Juice. After days, weeks and even months on end of barking at the same squirrel in their yard or making the mailman nearly jump out of his boots time and time again THIS mental stimulation is the thrill your pupper is looking for.

  • Revitalize your pooch

    Imagine if you only ever went two places: Your home and a walk around the neighborhood. Well, I guess we can all relate to that now more than ever (Thanks, COVID) but what if that was your entire life? Seeking out new trails to explore with your pup will make them feel revitalized and happier at home!

  • Improves overall health

    That’s right! Exercise is the number one contributor to a dog’s health, from helping their daily digestion to improving behavior at home. A well exercised dog is a well-rounded dog. Exploring a new place (trail) together will build your dog’s confidence when they encounter new people, meet other dogs, and are immersed in a different environment. These experiences will deepen the bond between you and your best friend and enhance your life together.

  • Get to know your town

    We have all heard the statistics of our beautiful Plymouth, right? She’s 100 square miles, aka HUGE! She has 365 ponds, one for every day of the year. Likewise, Plymouth is full of dozens of trails…but do you know where they are or what is special about each one? Exploring the fabulous trails she has to offer is a way to pay tribute and really get to know this wonderful place we call home.

Have we convinced you it’s worth the outing? We thought so! Prepare to fall even more in love with Plymouth. Without further ado, here are 5 of the top dog friendly trails in Plymouth, MA.

happy white dog on trail

5 Plymouth Hiking/Walking Trails

1. Ellisville Harbor State Park

The Ellisville Harbor trail is one of the most dog friendly trails around. The chances of hitting this trail without a dog encounter is slim to none and that’s just the way we like it! The path itself is straightforward so for anyone who tends to get lost, this trail is for you! The out and back design and well-worn paths make it an easy route to follow. Enjoy a water and snack break at the lookout, complete with a picnic table! Depending on the time of year the views of the water and marsh are fantastic! And let’s not forget the sandy bottom leading to the ocean herself at the turn around point. Note the beach itself is not dog friendly from April 1st-Sept. 15th (except service animals), but you can certainly take in the sights and scents before making your way back. There are a few tricky spots along the trail and a pretty steep incline about 3/4 of the way in so hiking shoes are recommended. This nearly one-mile trail is a perfect choice for anyone looking to try out hiking with their pup for the first time or anyone who needs to keep their hike short and straight forward. Please note: a couple of our dog walkers report finding ticks on pets taken on this trail, so be sure you and your pup are protected and do a thorough check for these pests post-walk.

Trail Length: 0.9 miles

Route Type: Out & Back

Parking: Large Dirt lot in from of Ellisville Harbor State Park

Address: 1861 State Rd, Plymouth, MA

Directions:Ellisville Harbor State Park

 

2. Hedges Pond Loop (at Hedges Pond Recreational Area and Preserve)

Hedges Pond loop is a gorgeous dog friendly spot and the pond itself is one of the cleanest and most swimmable in all of Plymouth. This trail is not paved but is kept in excellent condition. The debris and roots are cleared regularly, and the terrain is not too steep making it very user friendly. If you are making it a family outing there is also a playground area for the kids as well as picnic tables! The summer months do require a Beach Sticker or payment on site to enter the premises. If you want to avoid paying to use the trail the off season is an equally delightful experience. As locals, we often love when fall rolls in and things settle down in all our favorite places. This spot is a must see no matter what season you enjoy it! Don’t forget to pick up and dispose properly of your dog’s poop, this trail tends to have a few #2’s to dodge. Note: Dogs are often off leash on this trail so if that is something that will make you or your dog uncomfortable this probably isn’t the trail for you.

Trail Length: 1.6 miles

Trail Type: Loop

Parking: Public Parking in the entrance lot (paid parking during summer season)

Address: 158 Hedge’s Pond Road, Plymouth, MA

Directions: Hedges Pond Loop

 

3. Plymouth Town Forest Trail

If you are looking to get in you and your pups 10,000 steps for the day this is the trail for you. On this 3-mile loop you and your dog may just have the whole place to yourselves. Enjoy a well-maintained path with clearly marked signs making it easy to navigate. There are a few ponds along the trail as well that offer beautiful views. Great South Pond is a perfect place to stop for a picnic or quick break in your walk. With the minimal foot traffic this is a great trail choice for dogs who do not engage well with others when out and about on leash. This trail is open year-round for hiking, bird watching, and even a little horseback riding!

Trail Length: 3 miles

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Small dirt lot at Drew Rd. and Long Pond

Address: 127 Long Pond Road (area of) Plymouth, MA

Directions: Plymouth Town Forest Trail

 

4. Cape Cod Canal

Although not technically in Plymouth, the Cape Cod Canal is the most trafficked trail in the Plymouth Area. The flat asphalt path is excellent for both people and dogs who don’t enjoy exploring rough terrain or being out in the woods. Dogs must be kept on a leash but be prepared for social hour for your pup. The Canal is a popular place for bringing four legged friends so there is no shortage of other dogs to say hello to. Have a small or elderly dog who doesn’t need a ton of exercise, but you are looking to amp up your steps? This trail is perfect for strollers and wagons, so load up the pup in their chariot of choice and get out there to explore the most scenic trail around! That’s correct, THE MOST SCENIC TRAIL AROUND! Enjoy waterfront views that run the full length of the trail making this spot a sight to see no matter which area of the trail you use.

Trail Length: 7 miles (one way); 14 miles (down and back)

Route Type: Out & Back

Parking: Multiple lots running along the length of the canal.

Address: Bourne Scenic Highway, Bourne, MA

Directions: Cape Cod Canal

 

5. Plymouth Harbor Trail (at Nelson Memorial Park)

The Plymouth Harbor Trail is another fabulously flat and mostly paved path for anyone looking to stay close to sea level. While a popular spot you will see far less occupants both two and four legged on this trail than on the Cape Cod Canal. So, if you are looking for a little more peace and quiet but need the easy to use pathway this is an excellent choice. Portions of this trail also come with impeccable shoreline views. Easy access from Nelson Memorial Park complete with free parking. This is another always dog friendly, must remain on leash, kind of trail.

Trail Length: 2.9 miles

Route Type: Out & Back

Parking: Nelson Memorial Park parking lot

Address: 235 Water St, Plymouth, MA

Directions: Plymouth Harbor Trail at Nelson Park

clean up after pets sign on Plymouth trail

Trail Etiquette

Every dog owner is different but when it comes to K9 interactions and proper poop disposal those are two things that we should ALL do! When you and your pup are out exploring and enjoying one of these gorgeous trails remember that we all must do our part to keep them that way. Not only should you be bagging your pupper’s poop every time, if there is not a trash barrel in the vicinity you must take it with you. All of the trails described above have designated waste barrels. They may not be right where you are when your pup does his duty but keep your eyes peeled and you are bound to run across one before getting back to your vehicle.

In addition to poop duty it is important to remember that not all dogs are alike. Some do not do well being approached on leash or at all. Be respectful of other owners and their dogs by verbalizing if it is okay for your pup to approach them for a greeting. Respect their answer and remember we are all out there just doing the best we can for our dogs and their health.

Stay tuned!

Have you been convinced to get out there with your pup and start exploring? Are you feeling reinvigorated to try a new trail in Plymouth? Comment below with your favorite trails, comments or questions about the trails we talked about today, and let us know if you visit one of them. Stay tuned because we will be sharing 5 more fabulous trails in another blog very soon!

small dog on Plymouth trail

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

Resources:

www.alltrails.com Excellent app for finding and using trails all over the country. Read reviews for each trail and download a detailed map of each route.

Plymouth-Trail-Maps Local Trail information from the Town of Plymouth

 

 

 

Prepping Your Home for a Puppy: Top 10 Must Haves!

Prepping Your Home for a Puppy: Top 10 Must Haves!

You are getting a puppy! Wow, is there anything more exciting than preparing to bring home a brand-new fur baby? Having recently brought a puppy home ourselves, our puppy Mascot Quinn who is a chocolate Newfoundland, we can say firsthand that it is pretty darn special! You have worked diligently to research and choose the perfect dog for your life and the time has come to prepare for their arrival. If you are still in your search for the perfect pup check out our blog Choosing the Right Puppy (Dog) for Youhttps://justaroundthecornerpetsit.com/choose-the-right-puppy/. Much like raising a child, when it comes to puppies and dogs everyone has their own pet parenting style. In some cases, throwing an elaborate “puppy shower” before the furry bundle of joy arrives may be necessary. Others may toss the list of essentials in their Chewy.com cart and call it a day. Whatever your style may be, there are 10 universal must haves for everyone. These top 10 essentials will help to create as seamless a transition as possible for you and your new pup.

Download our printable Prepping for a Puppy Checklist to make sure you don’t leave anything out!

Top 10 Essentials

  • Collar (with ID tags) and Leash

It’s time to pick up your new puppy. Don’t forget the leash and collar! Often shelter dogs will not be given to you with a collar. Make sure you come prepared with both a collar and a leash, better safe than sorry. You will also want the collar and leash when you get home to keep your puppy close and safe. Always keep an ID tag on your pet’s collar starting the moment they are in your care. There may be 1,000 reasons your dog will never be out of your sight, but it only takes 1 unexpected situation to change all of that. Avoid disaster, ID your dog with accurate contact information. Always include your canine’s name and a current phone number.

  • Food

To start, you will need to find out what food your new puppy/dog has been eating prior to coming home with you. Whatever the breeder/shelter has been feeding them is what you will have to start with. Don’t worry, they do not have to stay on that food forever. Dogs have extremely sensitive systems and switching their food abruptly can cause unnecessary stomach issues. When you are ready to start transitioning your pup to a different food here are the steps you should take.

How to transition your dog’s food:

  1. Give ¾ original food with ¼ new food. Do this for 4-5 days and evaluate how they are reacting, bowel movements, etc.
  2. Next give ½ original food with ½ new food. Repeat another 4-5 days evaluating their systems reaction.
  3. Decrease to ¼ original food with ¾ new food. Continue evaluating their reaction at these rates for 4-5 days.
  4. Finally, if their system is stable and they are not having poor reactions throughout this transition you are ready to give them 100% of their new food. Continue to keep an eye on them for a few days to ensure they are not having a negative reaction.

 

  • Airtight storage container (for dog food)

To make your dog food purchases last and remain as enticing to your pooch as possible this is an absolute must! Keep your pup’s food fresh and pest free with an airtight storage container.

  • Food and Water dishes

Consider the size of your dog and purchase dishes accordingly. If your dog is an extra-large breed be sure to get a height-appropriate dish/stand for them. Likewise, for a small breed, an equally small, low to the ground dish will be perfect.

Happy dalmation on dog bed Plymouth

  • Dog bed

A dog’s bed is a special space that they will have all to themselves. Think about where your pet will sleep in your home. Consider a bed that is washable, easy to move, and that you do not mind looking at every day.

  • Crate

Used correctly, a crate is a wonderful, safe place for your dog. During times of being home alone, perhaps during a thunderstorm, and even through the night, a crate becomes a “safe room” for your pet. Utilizing a crate for training is also a wonderful way to separate the dog from activities happening in the home that may not be dog friendly. We all need our “own space” at times, including the dog. Be sure to get a crate that is the right size for your growing dog – they don’t stay puppies forever!

  • Toys

You do not have to go too crazy in the toy department right away but it sure is a fun way to spend our money isn’t it? Doting on our sweet Quinn with all the fun and festive toys his little heart can handle is probably #1 on the list of “Ways I like to spend my money”. Here are a few types of toys to consider when making your purchase.

  • Fetch toys: Tennis balls are a great example. Fetch is an excellent game for dogs both physically and mentally.
  • Chew Toys/Bones/Firm rubber toys: Kong and antlers are wonderfully durable options. They are also excellent tools for teething puppies and keeping older dogs’ teeth clean.
  • Rope toys: Great interactive toy both with humans and other dogs.

 

  • House-training pads (Minimum 2 pkgs.)

You can start the potty-training process between 12-16 weeks. Even if you are getting a dog that has been previously potty trained it is a good idea to have a small stock of training pads. Anytime a dog is brought into a new living environment there may be a period of adjustment as they learn the “rules” of their new home, which includes using the bathroom outside. Expect the unexpected with a new pup in your home, puppy and older dog alike.

  • Pet safe house cleaners

Our dogs lay on the floor, lick the walls and their paws, some even drink from the toilet bowl. Pet safe cleaners are a must in any home with a dog. Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner is one of many pawesome pet safe brands.

  • Brush/de-shedding tool

All dogs need to be brushed, some more than others. There are literally hundreds of brushes for dogs on the market from the FURminator to the Safari Combo Brush. Purchase a brush that is best suited for your pup’s coat.

tiny puppy on grass Plymouth

Start Simple

Keeping it simple to start allows you to ebb, flow, and grow right alongside your pet. As your puppy grows and their personality develops you can always add toys, treats, training aids and other life enhancing items that your pet will love! Start with these 10 essentials and you will be ready to start a wonderful life with your new fur baby. Watch this space for more upcoming tips for your puppy as he or she grows.

Download our printable Prepping for a Puppy Checklist to check off each essential item one at a time!

Have a new puppy or dog already?

Just Around the Corner offers a wide variety of dog walking and pet care options for you and your furry family member. We all know how difficult it can be to leave our dog home alone while we are at work. JAC is here to help.  Set up a Meet and Greet with one of our pet care professionals. Choose from a variety of visits, walks, and hiking options that will best suit your dog and… VOILA! Instant peace of mind while you work, go out to dinner, or day trip to the Cape. Life is meant to be lived. Do not miss out on the fun while giving your pet the gift of JAC! It is a WIN-WIN! Call or text: 508-245-1389 to set up a meet and greet TODAY.

dog walker with large white dogs Plymouth

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Choosing the Right Puppy (Dog) for You

Choosing the Right Puppy (Dog) for You

What makes a family want a puppy? Is it the slobbery kisses? Or is it the chance to snuggle down on a cold night? Is it the way they look at you, and wait for you at the door with unconditional love? Puppies and even older dogs can be such a wonderful addition to a person or family. Choosing the right puppy or dog for you means asking yourself the right questions. Narrow down the breed, choose the adoption or purchase route you want to go, honestly evaluate the amount of time and money you can spend with your new fur baby. These are just a few especially important questions to address when in the process of making the decision to become a dog parent.

Okay, you have decided to get a dog, now what?

Now that you’ve made your decision that yes, we are ready for a dog it is time to learn which dog will be the best fit for you – the big You, which includes you, your family, and your lifestyle. You could just see a picture of a cute dog on the internet, find out its breed, and say THAT’S THE ONE!! However, that is NOT the best vetting process for adding a new family member. Instead, let’s start by imagining what a day with your dog will be like. Do you get up early for a 3-mile jog, followed by a trip to the local pet friendly farmer’s market, and then hit the beach in the afternoon? If so, an energetic breed like a Labrador might be a great option – one who enjoys exercise, and is also friendly and comfortable in public places.  Or does your day run at a slower pace? Maybe you work from home, you enjoy a leisurely neighborhood stroll in the evening and typically you are not away from home other than a store errand here and there. If so, a friendly, home-loving St Bernard may be a nice fit for you. Whatever your lifestyle, know that there is a dog for you. Knowing how to find the right match is the key.

tiny brown puppy Plymouth

Questions to address when searching for your furry soul mate.

  • How much are you away from home?
    • Consider you and your family’s work and school hours, social life, and travel.
    • Your answer will also impact the amount of outsourced help you will need to consider such as a dog walker or pet sitter.
  • How much can you afford to care for a pet?

Check out this list of basic dog owner expenses.

  • Routine Vet checks
  • Year-round flea/tick/heartworm treatment
  • Food/treats
  • Leash/harness/collar
  • Grooming
  • Dog bed/Crate
  • Toys
  • Dog walker/pet sitter (if applicable)

Pugs and Beagles are two examples for lower maintenance breeds, while Poodles and King Charles Cavaliers tend to be on the higher maintenance side.

  • Who lives in your home?
    • If there are children in your home, choosing a dog with a playful disposition, one with the energy to keep up with the everyday happenings, and one who is of course friendly are important qualities. A golden retriever is one example of an excellent family friendly breed.
    • Maybe you care for an elderly parent. You might consider a smaller breed with an easy-going temperament who can be a “lapdog”. A great idea would be a dog they can easily snuggle up with and give affection, such as a Shih Tzu.
  • Do you keep a clean house? Or is your housekeeping more “relaxed and casual”?
    • For the least amount of impact on the cleanliness of your home look into breeds that do not shed such as a Maltese or Irish Water Spaniel.
    • For the more casual housekeeper a Newfoundland is a fabulously gentle giant that loves everyone with every ounce of drool they can muster.
    • Looking for something in between? Breeds like the Leonberger or Borzoi are larger dogs with minimal drooling.
  • Do you or anyone in your home have pet allergies?
    • Consider a breed that does not shed or is hypoallergenic, for example: Bichon Frise, Portuguese Water Dog or a Yorkshire Terrier.
  • Are you active or more sedentary?
    • Do you like the gym or outdoor activities? Ex hiking, walking, jogging
    • Do you spend your nights/weekends watching Netflix and relaxing?
    • Choose a breed or mix that most relates to your energy level and would be able to join in on your daily activities.
  • Where do you see yourself in a year, five years, and 10 years?
    • Are you currently single but hoping to settle down and start a family soon?
    • Do you have a house full of teens who can help care for the dog but who will be flying the coop in a few short years?

Making the decision to bring a dog into your life is a lifelong commitment, no matter how much your life changes during their life span. Think about how this new addition will fit your life, and you theirs, for the long haul.

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Finding THE ONE dog for you

Once you have answered the questions above it is time to start looking for THE ONE! From breeders to shelters and puppies to dogs, there are still many more questions to answer for yourself.

  • Do I want a purebred or a mix?
  • Do I want to purchase a dog from a breeder or adopt from a shelter?
  • Based on your above answers, what breeds best fit your lifestyle?
  • Are you able/willing to travel for the pickup?
  • How quickly do you want to a new dog/puppy? Are you willing to wait for a new litter?

The number one rule when purchasing or adopting a pet is to do your due diligence. Not all breeders, and even some shelters, are reputable. Do your research, read reviews, talk to your fellow pet parents, educate yourself as much as possible. Even if an animal needs rescuing supporting an inhumane breeder or business enables them to keep doing what they are doing. Due diligence is a must!

 

No such thing as too much dog research

The more you consider your lifestyle, personality, and both present and future circumstances the better off you will be in finding the perfect furry addition to your life. Whether you purchase or adopt, when you bring a dog into your life you are making a lifelong commitment to them. All dogs deserve an owner(s) whose commitment is as unwavering as to their own family. For a complete list of dog breeds, their characteristics, history, and other facts visit the American Kennel Club website.

Download our Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2019 Guide

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Have a new puppy or dog already?

Just Around the Corner offers a wide variety of dog walking and pet care options for you and your furry family member. We all know how difficult it can be to leave our dog home alone while we are at work; JAC is here to help.  Set up a Meet and Greet with one of our pet care professionals. Choose from a variety of visits, walks, and hiking options that will best suit your dog and… VOILA! Instant peace of mind while you work, go out to dinner, or day trip to the Cape. Life is meant to be lived. Do not miss out on the fun while giving your pet the gift of JAC! It is a WIN-WIN! Call or text: 508-245-1389 to set up a Meet and Greet TODAY.

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

Protect Your Dog and Cat From Toxic Plants and Mushrooms

Protect Your Dog and Cat From Toxic Plants and Mushrooms

Your backyard is one of the safest places for your pup to spend their time, but it can also become deadly in the blink of an eye. Summer days with high humidity make the conditions ideal for dangerous plants and mushrooms to grow. If you are a dog owner, you know “everything goes in the mouth” especially new things they find in their personal space. Well, one mushroom or toxic plant in the mouth, when you are not looking, could become a deadly situation in a matter of hours. However, there are simple steps you can take to prevent your pet and you from dealing with the terrible effects of poisonous plants and mushrooms.

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How to prevent poisonous plant ingestion

Clear ALL mushrooms in your yard.

When in doubt, take it out! Better to be safe than sorry so if you see mushrooms you are not sure about in your yard go ahead and dig them up. Be sure to pull them up by the “root “ (or mycelium) if possible, to help prevent further growth. This will not guarantee that they will not come back so keep an eye out. If you wish to keep non-harming mushrooms in your yard educate yourself on the types of mushrooms and their qualities. Learn more here: Types of toxic mushrooms

Be on the lookout for mushrooms outside of your yard too!

If mushrooms can grow in your well-manicured yard they can certainly grow along trails, sidewalks, and those hidden places your pet loves to sniff out for a potty break. Keeping an eye out while on walks, hikes and in new places (even a friend’s yard) is key to keeping your pet safe and plant poison free!

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Know which plants are toxic to pets

While mushroom awareness is particularly important due to their quick appearance, easy access to pets, and difficulty to identify, they are not the only plants you should be on the lookout for. The same precautionary actions mentioned above should be taken with any poisonous plant. Here are some of the most common plants to be aware of.
• Azalea
• Hydrangea
• Ivy
• Daffodil
• Poinsettia
• Foxglove
• Tulip
• Lily
• Hyacinth
To name a few… Many of these plants are commonly found in flower arrangements as well as flower gardens. If you purchase flowers or plants or are gifted an arrangement be sure to double check the contents before leaving it within reach of your fur babies. Check out a complete list of toxic and non-toxic plants here: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

Identifying a poisoned pet

While some symptoms of poisoning are very evident not all signs come on at once or right away. If you suspect your pet has ingested part or all of a poisonous plant be on the lookout for these telltale signs.

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood
  • Fever
  • Excessive drooling
  • Weak/Uncoordinated Movements
  • Seizures
  • Strong heartbeat

If your pet exhibits any of these signs, contact your vet or poison control (800-222-1222) right away. Time is critical when getting care for poison.

Have a plan!

As a pet parent we hope to never deal with something so terrible as poison ingestion but nonetheless we must be prepared.

  • Put important phone numbers in your contacts AND in a prominent place like your refrigerator for easy access. Regular vet, emergency vet and Poison Control are a few numbers to have on hand.
  • Identify the plant involved and take a sample with you to your emergency location.
  • Keep your pet’s medical records in a convenient location. The more information you can provide your pet’s medical professional the better they will be able to care for them.
  • There is no home remedy you can offer your pet for this circumstance so get in touch with a medical professional ASAP

 

With so many toxic plants out there prevention can feel overwhelming, but with a few precautionary actions poisonous plant ingestion in pets is 100% preventable.

• Know what is in your yard
• Remove all dangerous plants from spaces your pet occupies
• Regularly check your pets’ spaces for new growth/potential danger
• Be familiar with the signs of a poisoned pet
• Have a plan of action

If you are having trouble identifying a plant in your yard a veterinarian or pet care professional may be able to help you. Call your vet or visit www.aspca.org for more information.

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!