Apartment Living for Dog Lovers

Apartment living is a great way of life for many people and these folks account for around 12% of the entire population living in these smaller spaces. While almost half of renters live alone or survive as a one-person household, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are all by themselves. Many of these dwellings have a four-legged roommate as their live-in best friend.

Dogs have been our constant companions for many centuries, and new research shows they could have accompanied humans as far back as 40,000 years ago when cavemen (and women) roamed the earth. It only stands to reason that if these ancient dogs lived in caves, they could certainly survive living in an apartment environment.


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Research has unearthed new information about our canine companions. Many people may be enlightened to learn that many larger breeds of dogs are well-suited for smaller spaces. When I was quite a bit younger, I used to think that one of my apartment-dwelling neighbors with a really big dog and very small patio, was cruel to have such a large animal in a tiny environment, but I couldn’t have been more mistaken.

Not only did my new neighbor walk their gigantic mutt religiously, taking it to the park on a regular basis, they admitted that their enormous pooch was quite sedentary, which is a really nice way of saying it was extremely lazy. Come to find out, many large breeds of dogs are also big-time sleepers, nicknamed “mat dogs” for their seemingly endless naptimes nicknamed “mat dogs” for their seemingly endless naptimes.

While the average dog will sleep between twelve and fourteen hours per day, some of these larger breeds sleep even more. For apartment purposes, future pet owners often think of smaller breeds but they should also consider the:

Saint Bernard
Greay Pyrenees
Newfoundland
& Mastiff

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All of these canines are notorious couch potatoes and are perfectly content to while away the hours relaxing, sleeping and just lying around our home all day while we’re at work or school. This may dispel some common myths about enormous dogs needing an inordinate amount of exercise. The truth is, while we may picture a Saint Bernard as a working dog rescuing people from avalanches and snow drifts, they’re actually much happier lying around the ski lodge.

While dog’s sleeping habits are much different than ours, spending around 50% of their time sleeping, 30% lying around and only 20% being active, sudden or abrupt changes in their down-time could be a sign of health problems and their owners should seek medical attention for their beloved pooch. Be on the lookout for extreme changes in their behavior, a dog who is usually active and enthusiastic who suddenly becomes lazy, or the opposite, these can be red flags and cause for concern.


On the other hand, working canines like police dogs or farm hounds, can survive on far less sleep than their homebound counterparts. For those living in an apartment environment, check out this infographic for tips on finding the right breed, great indoor activities to enjoy and more. You and your beloved pet can have a blast inside and out.

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Amber Kingsley

Amber Kingsley
is a freelance writer whom has donated countless hours to supporting her local shelter within operations snd outreach.  She has spent most of her research with writing about animals; food, health and training related.  Plus, she has tried numerous methods of training with local Southern California trainers.



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Things to DOO | National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Things to DOO
National Dog Bite Prevention Week


National Dog Bite Prevention Week happens the Week of May 17th through May 23rd. 

We like the American Veterinary Medical Association's slogan "70 million nice dogs . . . but any dog can bite", because it's so true. The holiday takes place during the 3rd full week in May each year, It's aim is to focus on educating people about preventing dog bites. 

Not my fido, you say? It's estimated that millions of people - most of them children,  are bitten by dogs every year. Most of these bites, if not all, are preventable.

Here are some interesting facts:

  • The Insurance Information Institute estimates that in 2013, insurers across the country paid over $483 million in dog bite claims.
  • The Center for Disease Control found that dog bites were the 11th leading cause of injury to kids 1 - 4, 9th for  ages 5 - 9 and 10th for ages 10 - 14 from 2003-2012.
  • The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery reports that 26,935 reconstructive procedures were performed in 2013 to repair injuries caused by dog bites.
  • The U.S. Postal Service reports that 5,581 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2013. 
  • The American Humane Association reports that 66% of bites among children occur to the head and neck.

There are many things that you can do to avoid dog bites including understanding why dog bites happen. The American Veterinary Medical Association provides some great information in a variety of formats to increase awarness. 

  • RSVP for National Dog Bite Prevention Week® on Facebook  Facebook icon
  • Use our social media tips to develop content on your own social media channels
  • Listen to the podcast Audio icon
  • Listen to Victoria Stilwell's dog bite prevention tips Audio icon
  • Listen to the Radio News Release (RNR) Sound icon
  • Watch the videos Video icon 
  • Share the infographic
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    Celebrate National Dog Bite Prevention Week by visting and sharing some of the above links. 

    Good dog owner :)


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      The Pet Poo Pocket Guide | Interview with Rose Seemann




      Have you ever considered the pet waste generated by the 170 - 196 million dogs and cats in the United States? Rose Seemann has. Rose Seemann is owner and operator of EnviorWagg, LLC a socially conscience business dedicated to composting dog waste into a high quality soil amendment. Pet Scoop Services partners with EnviroWagg, LLC to turn dog poop into flowers and trees.

      Now Rose Seemann has written a book. The Pet Poo Pocket Guide: How to Safely Compost and Recycle Pet Waste. The book is a fun and informative read. From the first chapter in the book "Good intentions but clueless", The Pet Poo Pocket Guide inspires us to get past the "ick" factor and consider more sustainable alternatives to the pickup bag routine we've nearly mastered.

      Rose is affectionately know as the Pet Poo Guru. Pet Scoop Social recently visited Rose, her husband Chuck and Max, their timid, black and white tuxedo cat in their home in Aurora Colorado.

      Here's some of what we learned when we sat down with Rose:

      Q
      What in world got you thinking about problem of pet waste?

      Rose:
      I was working at a place near Washington Park in Denver. I was on break eating my lunch and reading a book called Natural Capitalism (Hawken, Lovins, Lovins).  It's a book about resources, saving all resources and recycling absolutely everything. The books stressed the importance of thinking in advance, before even manufacturing something, how it's going to be disposed of because we eliminate so much stuff that just goes to landfills. So as I'm reading this I'm watching people going by and pick up after their dogs and I thought, "now isn't that dumb". They pick it up, wrap it in plastic and throw it in the trash. That initial curiousness lead me to my research, my composting business and eventually to The Pet Poo Pocket Guide.

      From the book:
      The Denver area is teaming with dogs. Two, three, four dogs tethered with clever arrangements are not uncommon. Scan the panorama and you'll see
      Dog People bobbing up and down like Heckle and Jeckle oil pumps dotting the prairie. It just gets you to thinking.
      Q
      Your books gives us some staggering statistics about pet waste. Can you tell us about it?

      Listen as Rose reads an exert from the book:





      Colorado's Dog Waste Statisic

      Pet Poo Pock Guide Stat

       

      Q
      What are some alternatives that individuals can use to combat the problem of pet waste?

      Rose:
      In the book I list several well researched methods or best practices for pet waste recycling. They include flushing, burial, biodegestion/spetic bin, composting and Bokahsi, a Far East, natural farming process. Each method described in the book includes information about the complexity, maintenance, what you'll need and the advantages.

      Q
      If you ruled the world, what one thing would you have all pet owner enact?

      Rose:
      Right now pet owners can use the steps in the book to compost or otherwise recycle their pet waste. I think that people who do composting and biodigesting on a commercial basis (more common in Canada and Europe because they have less landfill space) need to start accepting both pet waste and compostable diapers. Right now composters
      don't want to accept carnivore waste because they believe it attracts animal, it smells a bit more than say sheep waste or what not and they don't quite know how to handle it.  They are afraid that there will be pathogens and more testing.  Just the know-how of processing pet waste is not common. People who compost are conservative. Some will handle it, most won't. I believe that some day there will be a good way to do this.

      From the book:

      When Know Better opens the door just a tad, Do Something shoves in his big gangly foot and you're Stuck With It! Maybe you'll consider the best ways to reduce your pet waste and encourage local officials to find solutions to migrate pet waste pollution at our parks, trails or bike paths.


      The book The Pet Poo Pocket Guide is available paperback or eBook. 

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      Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/The-Pet-Poo-Pocket-Guide/dp/0865717931
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