How Healthy is Your Pooch?

We can’t simply ask our dogs how they’re feeling so we rely on other cues to check on them. Here are some tell-tale signs to look for regarding the status of your dog’s health.

Familiarize yourself with your dog’s usual tendencies. Dogs have personalities just like people, so notice if their behavior changes in any way… it gives you a heads up that something might be off. (Be sure to tell your Highrise Pet Care walker about your dog’s sick or distressed behaviors so they can contact you if something doesn’t seem right.)

Pay special attention to grooming habits. If your pup has stopped caring for him/herself and it is beginning to show on their coat, take this as a red flag. Refusal to take care of their coat may suggest that your pooch is feeling distressed or unwell.

Notice changes in energy level. Although it is normal to have your pooch range slightly in energy, be sure to take note when there are major drops or spikes in activity. If your pooch is becoming hard to contain when you get home at the end of the day, it may be a sign that they need to release some energy throughout the daytime hours. Consider hiring a walker to help get them more active.

Watch for changes in eating habits. Especially if your pooch usually eats a large quantity of food, sudden loss of appetite is a hint that something may be wrong. If you’re concerned about a change in eating habits, it is a good idea to bring your dog to the vet to get checked out for an illness.

Pay attention to aggression and friendliness. Changes in social behavior could be linked with multiple causes, including how much attention they are currently receiving, old age, or outside sources of stress. Take action if your dog is acting out, and evaluate any changes in their environment that could be the cause.

What did we miss? Send us a tweet or an email to let us know what signs you use to tell if your dog is healthy.

Fall Style for your Dog

Fall has arrived in Chicago! When you visit Chicago’s pet friendly restaurants, make sure your pooch is outfitted in the latest styles to keep him comfortable and fashionable during the transition to cooler weather.

Knit Sweaters

A fall classic that your pup needs. This sweater says “I’m sophisticated but know how to chase squirrels, too.”. It will give your dog added warmth as the temperature begins to drop, but it will also make him stand out from the pack. Try styles in warm browns, reds, oranges, and greys to keep up with the colors of the season.

Jumpsuits
Perfect for the dog on the go, jumpsuits offer added warmth around your pup’s legs. There are plenty of sporty and dressy options that your pooch can choose from, depending on his or her style preferences. Check out some options here.

Hoodies

If your dog is more laidback in his sense of style and needs to maintain his street cred, a hoodie is another trendy option that still offers some warmth. Plus, the option to wear the hood up will keep your pooch comfortable on even the chilliest of fall days.

Any of these outfits could make your dog the most fashionable in the city during the fall months!

Adapting a Dog to Apartment Life

Most Chicago apartments are cozy. Whether it’s a Husky you’ve always wanted or a low-energy breed… do some research before welcoming a dog into your life.

Consider location.
Location, location, location. Keeping pet-friendly resources a short distance from your pup goes a long way. The Chicago Park District has a guide for dog parks near you! Talk with your neighbors to gather opinions and advice about having dogs in your building & neighborhood. Remember that it is important to find places where your pup can socialize.

Find a routine.
Consistency will help keep your dog happy (especially if they’re a puppy), regardless of the size of your apartment. Since your pup will be living in a smaller area without a yard, he or she will require daily leash time more than once a day to stretch and do their business. If you aren’t able to stop home at a consistent time to let Fido out in the middle of the day, consider hiring a dog-walker so your pup can get outside more often.

Familiarize your pup with the surroundings.
Highrise living in Chicago can be busy and noisy. Be sure to take your pooch into the elevators and lobby during high frequency times whenever possible. This will help cut down on his curiosity on the daily sounds of apartment living.

Furry Neighbors
If you’ve already spent time socializing your dog, introducing your pup to other dogs in your building may not be an issue. If your dog seems anxious around other dogs, adjusting to apartment life may be more difficult. Practice introducing your pooch to other four-legged friends in a more neutral setting like a dog park. Remember that it may take some time for your dog to feel completely comfortable around your furry neighbors.

House Training
House training a puppy in your apartment can be a little extra challenging since there is no doggie door or direct outdoor access. Consider using pee pads for training at first until your pup can go a longer time between urination. You should be prepared for some puppy accidents.

Keep things exciting.
Dogs are like people – having only one or two distractions won’t keep them happy for long! Changing up their toys is a simple way to keep them entertained while you’re away at work. Hiding treats or scented fabrics around the apartment will also keep things new and exciting for your pup.

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