Dogs Help Seniors Stay Fit

Dogs are a favorite pet for senior citizens and there is plenty of research showing that dogs help seniors stay fit by urging them to exercise. The way the dog does this is by insisting that it be walked every day or be joined in a game of catch the ball or frisbee. Dogs also encourage seniors to participate in other activities with them.

Walking is by far the favorite way for seniors to exercise with their dog. According to a poll by AARP, sixty one percent of people aged 65 or older who own a dog, exercise by walking their dog. What may surprise a few people is another statistic from the same poll: fifty four percent of people between the ages of 50 and 64 who have a dog also exercise by walking with their pet.

Of this same group of 50-64 year olds, forty two percent also play catch or toss a Frisbee with their dog as a fitness routine, while twenty six percent of the seniors aged 65 or older who own a dog, exercise with their dog in the same way. Other favorite ways of exercising that both age groups regularly do is jogging and wrestling. Yes, wrestling with their dog. Respondents said that they love to wrestle at home with their dog and also when they go to a park for exercise.

The frequency that dog owners exercise with their dogs varies substantially between the age groups. Twenty two percent of people aged 50 to 64 regularly exercise with their dog, while thirty three percent of the seniors 65 and older exercise with their dogs more than once a day.

The difference between the regularity of exercising with their dog may possibly be attributed to work responsibilities or more active social lives. Of those who don’t exercise every day with their dog, about seventeen percent exercise with their best canine friend two to three times per week. As for the slackers, fifteen percent say they never exercise with their dog.

Research seems to indicate that people who exercise with their pets are more likely to stay on a regular fitness program. Walking, jogging, or playing catch with their dog provides the same exercise benefits for both the person and the dog, helping keep muscles and joints flexible and aiding in controlling weight gain for both.

Companionship is the primary reason that people aged 65 and older decided to get a pet. Companionship was also the major reason people aged 50-64 chose to adopt a pet.

Taking care of a dog is not something everyone can do or is willing to do every day of their lives. Dogs come with a lot of responsibility for the owner. A dog must be fed regularly and always have access to fresh water. Dogs need a fenced in yard to play in or they must be taken for a walk at least twice a day to take care of their biological needs.

The cost of buying pet food, regular checkups by a veterinarian, and necessary vaccinations can place a heavy burden on seniors dependent upon Social Security for their retirement income. Sixty percent of people 65 and older and thirty seven percent of those between the ages of 50 and 64, say they don’t own a pet for these very reasons.

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Gunja – and bone

Gunja is a cross between a Boxer and a Golden Retriever. She’s the sweetest, gentlest dog and lives in the village of Gorbio.  Here you see her chewing a bone at the recent Meschiou (sheep roast picnic) – yes, the dogs eat as well as the people: there was a large dish of lamb and lamb bones, just for the dogs! 

Gunja, is very polite -  here she greets friends at one of the tables. And with her owner and new baby, she says Hello to Gunilla and Alice. 


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Color Love // Inspired by the Sky

Sky Blue // Bubby and Bean
1. Keeper Chambray Shirt, J.Crew  //  2. Kate Spade Metro Watch, Bloomingdales  //  3. Bikini So Teeny Nail Polish, Essie  //  4. Sky Blue and Silver Necklace, LynJewels  //  5. Ceramic Door Knob, Anthropologie  //  6. See Eye to Sky Bag, Modcloth  //  7. Reach the Sky Sandal, Modcloth  //  8. Breaker Chair, CB2

Last week, I snapped an Instagram photo of the bluest sky I’d seen so far this year. The sky that day was very striking to look at, and for the last few days, I’ve felt instantly drawn to anything sky blue that I see.  A sky blue tone called ‘dusk blue’ made Pantone’s spring 2013 color chart, so I guess it’s actually on trend too.  Bonus!  For me, it’s just so soft and summery, and such an effortless, calming shade.  What are your thoughts on sky blue this season?

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NEW Lean Cuisine® Honestly Good™ Review

I was given the opportunity to review the NEW Lean Cuisine® Honestly Goodentrées via BzzAgent, and I was excited. Eating healthy and smaller portions has been an important part of my life for just over a year now and I know that I have never been fond of any of those "diet" means. When this campaign came up, I jumped at the chance to review this "NEW" line of natural frozen meals.

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Jun 4, Bad Breath Issues in Dogs | Best Dog Food Guide

Wat to do about smelly dog breath? Bad breath in dogs is notorious. Give him rawhide or bones as a dessert, brush his teeth or feed him a special dental care diet for dogs.
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How long for a skin infection to clear?

Question by Darren: How long for a skin infection to clear?
I had a small infection of the hair folicle several weeks ago that seemed to blow up into a bigger infection. I saw a doctor and he prescribed a 7-day oral antibiotic (Keflex) and said to use OTC antibiotic ointment (Polysporin) and a thick bandage. I’ve been doing this and it has been a week now. The infection looks better but there is still some minor leakage that can be seen when changing the bandage.

Does these infections normally take more than a week to clear? Or would this mean that the antibiotic isn’t working very well and need something stronger?

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Answer by dave23857
A staph infection of the skin (which is most likely the organism) can take 7 to 14 days to clear, typically. But it depends on the severity of the infection, how big it is, and the type of staph being dealt with.

Since it seems to be responding to anti-biotics, it is probably working but it will just take another week or so. But you can ask the doctor to be sure. The oral antibiotic will most likely not clear the infection on its own. That is more as a precaution to prevent the infection from spreading deeper into the tissue. So he will probably tell you to continue the topical antibiotic for another week. If it still hasn’t cleared by then, he will probably need give you a stronger topical anti-biotic

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Socializing a Shy Dog

Socializing a Shy Dog

Just like people, dogs come with different personalities; they can be energetic, low-key, high-maintenance, or down to earth, and while some dogs can be extremely outgoing, others can be severe introverts. There is nothing necessarily wrong with a shy dog, but a healthy amount of socializing helps reduce the risk of your dog developing aggressive traits, as well as keeps your dog familiar with other people and pets. Also, shyness isn’t always a simple personality trait, but instead, it can be the result of a past trauma or fear. Whether you have a dog who you didn’t have the time to properly socialize as a puppy, or an older rescue who you want to convince to give the world a second chance, here are a few tips to help get you started.

Start Small

Many pet owners make the mistake of trying to push their dog into large groups of people or pets too suddenly, but this tactic can overwhelm your pet. Avoid dog parks at busy hours of the day, and instead, try your best to set up a play date with someone you know who owns a mild-mannered dog. An aggressive or overly-hyper dog can be intimidating to your bashful canine who would be much more likely to warm up to a calm, easy-going pup. This will help your pet learn to establish a trusting relationship with a fellow species member and, in turn, decrease the tension felt when approached by other dogs.

Encourage Healthy Visitor Interactions

If your dog crouches down or backs away any time a stranger comes into your house, encourage your visitors to get down on their backs with their legs and arms up in the air. By demonstrating a submissive behavior, your dog will see them as less of a threat and will be more willing to warm up to the individuals.

As much as you might want to force your dog to open up, never encourage your visitors to try and make physical contact first, but rather allow your pet to make the decision to come to them. Visitors should refrain from making direct eye contact as this is often seen as a direct threat. When your dog does approach a stranger, have them reach out to the dog’s side or back but never the head area because, as with eye contact, this can be taken as a threatening gesture. You might also want to supply your guests with a few puppy treats, so that your dog starts associating the physical interaction with a reward.

Increase Interactions

After your dog starts having positive interactions with other canines and new people, slowly start building up your pet’s social life. Go to dog parks or any other areas frequented by pets and their owners to get your dog used to being around large groups, but don’t get discouraged if he/she prefers to stand by your side and just observe the others at first. The point is to get your four-legged friend familiar with being in large crowds, and the key to making it work is being consistent and dedicated in your approach; when your dog is used to being in that environment on a daily basis, the fear and anxiety will naturally start to fade away.

Socializing a sheepish dog can be a long process, and while you may feel discouraged, hopeless, or even at fault, it’s important to stay persistent with your goal. By warming your dog up to other pets and people consistently, you will see progress being made. While your dog might never be hungry for the spotlight, easing any fear and feelings of uneasiness around strange dogs and people will help your best friend learn to breathe deep, relax, and enjoy life a little bit more.

Ron Rutherford is a writer who loves spending his free time exploring and hiking with his canine pals. He currently freelances for the Wireless Dog Fence provider, Havahart Wireless.

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