I’m Thinking of Biking with my Dog, So Now What? -Part 1 / Introduction

Do you have a dog that never seems to get worn out on your daily walks, no matter how long they are?  I ran into this issue with my Husky Sierra, and wanted to find a solution.  I had seen and read about biking your dog to help get their energy out, but was apprehensive at first because of the inherent dangers of traveling at high speed on a bike with a dog attached to you. But at some point I had to bite the bullet and just go for it.

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New Lake Forest Dog Park in the Works

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If you live in Lake Forest, and have been frustrated by the lack of dog parks, there’s good news on the horizon.  As part of the new construction being done by Shea Baker Ranch Associates, a brand new 21,000 square foot dog park will be built on the cul-de-sac of Baffin Bay Drive.  There will be 5,300 square feet for the large dog section, and 3,400 square feet for the small dog.  The remaining space will be for parking.  There’s no set date for the opening yet, as the plan just got approved by the city on Tuesday, but when they set a date, I will let you know.  For the full article in the OC Register CLICK HERE.

How to Keep Your Dog Cool and Comfortable in the Summer Heat – Part 3: At Home and Safety Tips

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At Home Cooling

UPDATED MAY 2017

Now that I’ve covered cooling beds and how to keep dogs cool during outdoor activities, the final topic we will explore is day-to-day activities at home.  Because our dogs tend to spend a majority of their lives at home, we want to make sure they’re cool, comfortable, and stay hydrated all day long.

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How to Keep Your Dog Cool and Comfortable in the Summer Heat – Part 2: Outdoor Activities

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Outdoor Activities

UPDATED MAY 2017

In the previous post, I wrote about keeping your dog comfortable while relaxing and sleeping, so let’s move on to keeping them cool while on the go.  When the weather warms up, we naturally get outside more often with our dogs, but before you do, you’ll want to make sure they stay cool so they can safely enjoy the longer days of summer.

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Dog Friendly Beaches in Orange County

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As our short Winter seems to be fading away all too quickly, it will soon be time to head back to the beaches.  If you think you’re excited to get your toes in the sand, just wait and see your dog’s reaction when they see the waves again!  If you have ever taken your dog to a beach, you probably already know what I’m talking about.  I know any time we get within a few miles of the beach, our dog Sierra, losses her mind.  As soon as she smells the salt water, it’s all over.

Every beach in Orange County has different regulations when it comes to allowing dogs, so I’m going to list the beaches in order of dog friendliness to make it easier to plan your next trip to soak in some California sunshine.

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What do you Need to Bring When Camping with a Dog?

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UPDATED: May 2018

I go camping with my dog, Sierra, multiple times every year, and each time it’s a new adventure.  I know she has as much fun, if not more, than we do when taking a trip to explore the great outdoors.  In my opinion, if you can bring your 4-legged friend along for the adventure, it makes the whole experience better for everyone involved.  If you’ve been thinking about taking your dog camping, try it out! Just make sure you are prepared.  Before you head outdoors, you’ll need to make sure you, and your dog, are prepared with the right equipment.  Planning starts before you even book the camping trip. When looking for a place to camp, it’s important to verify your dog is allowed in the campground.  The worst way to start a trip is to get to the campsite only to be turned away because you have your dog with you. Most National and State parks will allow dogs, but have different restrictions, always check before you plan a trip.  Once you get your trip booked, it’s time to start gathering everything you’ll need to make sure you dog stays safe and comfortable during your trip. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the essential gear that I’ve used while camping. Every trip is different(weather, terrain, length of trip, etc) so this is not an all inclusive list, but it’s a great starting point for the basics for most camping adventures.

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What Gear Should you Bring While Hiking with a Dog?

Updated May 2018

I wanted to do a quick write-up on all of the gear that Sierra, our dog, currently uses when we go on our hiking trips.  Just like you have probably heard about being prepared yourself before going out into nature, it’s just as important for your dog to be prepared as well.  This is not an all-inclusive list of everything you will need while hiking, because each hike is unique and requires different equipment based on length, terrain, weather, and much more.  However, everything on this list has been a huge help for us, and will hopefully give you some ideas on what to look for, so you too can be prepared before you go outdoors with your dog. Continue reading →