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BowWow Fun Towne has gone to the dogs… We are a doggie daycare where a dog can be a dog.

At BowWow Fun Towne your dog will enjoy spending time with his/her friends, getting great exercise and being cared for by human friends who love dogs and enjoy interacting with them. While you’re gone, you can rest assured that your dog is not only happy, but feels secure and is continuously receiving positive reinforcement and training throughout the entire day as we practice basic cues.

We believe in offering your pup positive reinforcement and enrichment in a fun learning environment, by rewarding him with a marker (clicker) and treats to reinforce appropriate behaviors. Your dog will love being with our employees, who take the time to stimulate him with interactive obedience cues and while offering plenty of opportunities to socialize with other pups. Doggie Daycare is not just about dog-sitting, we’re here to support you in your efforts to have a well mannered pet!

We believe the goal for the best doggie daycare should be to provide both physically and mentally stimulating activities for your pup…to keep him active and learning throughout the day.

BowWow Fun Towne is your local neighborhood dog day care where your canine pals from many locations: Brier, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, Lake City, Kirkland, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Seattle & more! We provide the following services: dog day care, boarding, self wash, full service grooming, doggie swimming pool and a pet store — BowWow Fun Towne is a total care facility for your very best friend!

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Dogs and Holidays

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Dog

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Although I posted this article a while ago, with the holidays here again, I thought it might be a good idea to revisit the information.

First it was Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and now Christmas and New Years are just around the corner…it’s time for those ever so important reminders for keeping your dog safe during this upcoming holiday season.

Many people like to include their dogs during their holiday festivities…and although this is a fun idea, there are many things that could prove hazardous to your “best friend” if you’re not aware of them.

As you look around your home…

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Be aware of the extra decorations and treats that are everywhere during the holiday season. Things that are fine and safe for you, aren’t necessarily fine and safe for your dog.

One dog we know of was able to get the family’s advent calendar down and ripped it apart, eating all the candy inside, destroying all of the other little treasures…luckily none of them were poisonous to him (this time). A good holiday for your dog is a safe holiday!

Another dog we know, really upset the kids in the family when, because they had left it within his reach, he ate their pride and joy, the gingerbread house they had just created.

And yet another pooch discovered a large package of small chocolate candy bars intended for the kids’ Christmas stockings, and although it was set up on a counter, he found a way to get at it, and ate all the candy bars. Not only is this frustrating, but since it was chocolate, it was dangerous for the dog to ingest.

Are these stories the dog’s fault? Of course not…they were just enjoying a sudden “opportunity”. Sometimes it’s a challenge, but when you have a dog, or other pets in your home, it’s important to remember to keep those “opportunities” totally out of reach.

Keeping your furry friends safe:

  • Holiday Pet Safety - BowWow Fun TowneWhile protecting your Christmas tree from your dog (or your cat), you need to also protect your dog from your tree.
    • Make sure the tree is secure and won’t  fall or get knocked over.
    • The water in your tree, though it may be inviting to your dog, isn’t good for them to drink, it may contain fertilizers and bacteria, so somehow make it inaccessible to Fido.
    • Keep electrical cords tucked away to prevent electric shock.
      • I’ve known dogs who chew on electrical cords
    • Broken ornaments can cut mouths and throats.
    • A favorite on Christmas trees is tinsel, but if your pup eats it, it could get stuck in his throat or even in the digestive tract.
  • Burning candles left unattended is a “sure-fire” way to increase the risk of having them knocked over by wagging tails, causing damage and injury.
      • Last year, in 2018, a man and his dog were living in a space in a warehouse…one night the man left, leaving his dog at home and a candle burning. The fire department thinks the candle got knocked over, probably by the dog…it burnt down the entire warehouse and took the dog’s life.
  • If eaten, mistletoe, poinsettias and holly are dangerous to your pet, they can cause, vomiting, nausea or diarrhea, and even more extreme…cardiovascular problems. Even Christmas trees can cause an upset stomach, not to mention that the pine needles are sharp and can cause damage and pain going down.
  • When it comes to food:
    • Chocolate should never be eaten by your dog; chocolate is toxic to him/her and sometimes fatal.
    • Be careful of your pet’s holiday feast, if you do indulge them in “human” food, be sure that it is not high in fat, sodium or sugar, and definitely make sure it’s boneless. There are some good tips for holiday feasts in our Thanksgiving article.
    • Be vigilant to protect your dog from turkey bones.
    • Safety Tips for Dogs - BowWow Fun TowneNever, never, never give alcoholic beverages to your pet. Although some people may think it’s comical, it’s toxic for your dog.
  •  Choosing a gift for your dog’s stocking is fun, just make sure you choose one that’s safe.
  • New Years Eve is fun for you, but not for your dog…just like on the 4th of July, the noise frightens them and hurts their ears.

Safe Celebrations are Happy Celebrations

Holiday celebrations are really enjoyed more by people than pets…they really won’t care if you don’t involve them. But if you choose to include them in your celebrations, watch out for their safety.

If you’re traveling for the holidays, call now to reserve a friendly place for your dog to stay…reservations are filling up fast.

 

 




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