3 ways to keep your pet cool this Summer

Summer time can be hard on many breeds of dogs. Truth is some dogs are double coated which is great in the winter time but hard on them in the summer. There are dogs who are brachycephalic (boxers, shih tzu’s, pugs). Most importantly dogs do not sweat! Did you ever realize that your dog has never sweat, they pant instead. So how can we keep them cool in the summer time? Here are 3 ways you can help your pet this summer!

  1. Add ice cubes to their water.
    Ice Cubes can make your pet’s water cooler which will help them to bring down their temperatures a bit. If it is hot and the water is room temperature or hot even, that won’t be of any relief to them. Be sure to check on your pet’s water bowls twice as much as you normally do. Change it often and add fresh ice cubes each time.
  2. Cooling pad or towel for them to lay on if they are hot.
    Cooling pads are great for dogs to lay on. It gives them a cool surface which can drastically help because they do not sweat. A cool wet towel is a great alternative as well. This will keep them from overheating on a hot day.
  3. Walking them in the morning and evening instead of midday!
    Midday can be the hottest part of the day during the summer months. Help your pet to stay cool by limiting walks during that time of day. When the concrete is hot, it is also hard on the dogs’ pads and can cause injury.

**You can also leave a fan on and rotating or the A.C. on so that it will not allow your home to go above a certain temperature without turning on automatically**

Dogs have a hard time keeping themselves cool because they do not sweat. Keep this is mind this Summer and take the extra steps to keep your pet as comfortable as possible during this time. 


3 Reasons Why Every Pet Parent Needs a Pet Care Provider, Like us!

Did you know that many pet parents compromise between their own needs & wants and those of their children (pets). Congrats if you already have a pet care provider, especially if it’s us! Happy Panters purpose is solely to give pet parents “Peace of Mind”, while giving your children(pets) nothing but the same care we would give our own children(pets).

  1. Summer is quickly approaching and you want to travel pet free!
    Great! We offer pet sitting & pet boarding so you are free to travel knowing your pet is having a blast with us. Let us support your summer travels, guilt & stress free! 
  2. You work long hours & never have enough time to get everything done!
    Let us help, support is our middle name! We truly take pride is supporting our client’s lifestyles. The busier, the better! Let us be there when you can’t. We’re more like extended family! 
  3. You want your pet to have a consistent schedule!
    The greatest parents only want the best for their kids. That’s all you want for yours too! We offer a variety of services to make it easier for pet parents to travel, work, and have fun without feeling guilty!

So! If you want to travel guilt & worry free. GET SUPPORT FOR YOUR PET’S CARE! There are lots of companies, like ours that offer amazing services to help pet parents everywhere. Find a company that will support your needs as well as your pets’ needs. You won’t regret it, you may even be relieved once you find the perfect match.


5 DIY Practice Commands while Walking your dog!

Learning is better when it’s fun!

Here are 5 commands you can practice while on a walk. They are easy to follow through and gives you a reason to reward your dog. Routine & Consistency makes learning fun and easier for you and your dog.

  1. “COME”

    Before you begin your walk, you need to put on your dog’s leash. That is a perfect time to practice “COME”. Want to teach your dog to “COME”, here is a quick tutorial “COME Command” to do so.

  2. “SIT”

    This is great to practice at stop lights and street corners. As you approach every light and street corner have your dog “SIT”, then you can reward them and continue the walk. “SIT Command” is easy to teach, here’s how!

  3. “STAY”

    Teaching your dog to “STAY” is an important command to learn. Sometimes dogs are not aware of all the danger around, from cars & trains to bikes & scooters. Just having them learn “STAY” can be beneficial if there’s ever an emergency. Learn how to teach your dog the “STAY Command” here.

  4. “LAY DOWN”

    This is usually one of the first commands a dog learns. It is a great idea to practice commands that your dog may already know. This helps to build their -confidence. Learn how to teach your dog the “LAY DOWN Command” here.

  5. “PAW”

    This command is great for greeting! Dogs sometimes jump on people to greet them or if they are excited. This is a great alternative. You can teach your dog the “PAW” Command and take care of this problem once and for all. 

Now that you know what to do… Let’s make the next walk more fun than ever before! Take treats along with you (or you can praise your dog for a job well done)! Pay attention to your energy and how you are feeling. A calm and relaxed feeling is the best way to pursue this! Be aware and enjoy the time you have together!


4 Ways to keep your dog busy!

Do you feel bad for leaving your dog alone sometimes? Does your pet seem bored or sleeps all day long? Here are 4 easy ways to keep your dog busy whether you’re around or not! Here goes!

  1. Give your dog a KONG!
    Kong’s are great for dogs to play with. You can fill it with any treat your pet likes (even their kibble). Then you seal it with peanut butter, yogurt, or even cheese. Then freeze it until your pet is ready. The fact that it is frozen will keep your dog busy for a while.
  2. Give your dog a Doggy Puzzles!
    Puzzles are great for dogs! They come in different shapes, colors and intensity levels. Find the right type of puzzle for your dog and hid treats underneath. This will motivate your dog to keep trying until they retrieve the prize which is the hidden treat. Moving the pieces takes some time so it will keep your dog busy for a little while.
  3. Letting them sit by the window or door!
    Some dogs find great joy in “people watching”. They love to sit around watching the world go by. They spend hours in the same spot as cars drive by, people walk by and watching the squirrels in the trees. This can be a great pastime for many pets. *Be careful though, sometimes the stimulation may cause your pet to become extremely hyper.
  4. Get your dog a friend!
    Some dogs love dogs! Playing with another dog keeps them busy and happy! Getting another dog could solve this problem easily. If getting another dog is not an option, maybe play dates with a neighbor’s dog or daytime walks with a dog walker should help. They will get to socialize and burn energy at the same time.

There it is! 4 simple ways to keep your pet busy! Try going down the list and seeing if any of these makes your dog happy.


Dog Allergies 101

​Does your dog have allergies? All dogs can have allergies. Some breeds are more likely to suffer from allergies than others. These breeds include: Terriers, Setters, Retrievers, and flat-faced breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs, poodle mix breeds and Boston terriers. What are the symptoms ? Here are a list of Symptoms :

  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking
What causes the allergic reaction?

Many things can cause an allergic reaction. Each dog is different and can have different triggers. Here are some common things that can cause a reaction.

  • Tree, grass and weed pollens
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and house dust mites
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat or soy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Fleas and flea-control products (Only a few flea bites can trigger intense itchiness for two to three weeks!)
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning products
  • Fabrics
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Rubber and plastic materials
What can you do to help with pet allergies?
  • Clean your pup’s paws after going outside. If need be, quickly go over them with a baby wipe to remove all the extra pollen that may be in their fur/hair or on their paws.
  • Contact your vet. Your pet may need prescription meds to help them deal with the reaction caused by their allergies.
  • Clean your pet’s area regularly. This will help to minimize the spreading of what may cause their reaction. Oatmeal Bathes may also help to relieve the discomfort.
  • Pay close attention to when your pet seems to have a reaction. It may not be caused by what you think.
  • Over the counter meds have been prescribed for dogs before. Antihistamines such as Benadryl, Zyrtec and Claritin have been used in small dosage to aid with seasonal allergies. Contact your vet first.

Ex. Do they sneeze or itch after you spray cologne or perfume? Do they itch after you clean the floors? Are they ALWAYS licking their paws?