Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or a seasoned pro, it’s always important to learn new ways to spoil your furry friend. If you’re a pet parent in York region, we will outline some of the best ways to treat your pooches right there in your hometown! Whether it’s a new toy, or a meet-up with another furry friend, here is the ultimate guide to spoiling your dog in York!
Buy Them a New Toy or, Something They Can Chew On and Play With
Our pups love to explore new things! Getting them a new toy or a bully stick to chew on will quickly make their day. It is important to keep your dog stimulated so they don’t get bored and get into trouble. If you have a new puppy, this is crucial. Providing them with enough toys and things to play with will teach them what is theirs and keep them away from your stuff.
Here are some of the best pet product shops in the York Region. Don’t forget to join in on the fun too! Our pups love when we spend time with them. So, engage with them and play with their new toy together!
Get Them a New Bed or Blanket to Sleep in
Seeing our dogs lay in their beds so peaceful and sweet always warms our hearts. Especially in the colder months, making sure they are comfy and cozy is a top priority. If your dog has had the same bed and blankets for a while, it may be time to replace them.
Take Them For a Car Ride Around York
If you’re stepping out for a bit and can take your dog with you, do it! Dogs love going for car rides so they can stick their heads out the window and smell all the smells! If your dog doesn’t like going for car rides, don’t force them, especially if they get car sick. If they do, don’t forget their seatbelt! If you have a small dog, you can purchase a booster seat for them to sit in and be more comfortable.
If you have time, stop and explore a new neighbourhood. Our pups love going to new places to explore. Who knows, you may even meet a new furry friend along the way.
Give Them Plenty of Treats and Belly Rubs
What pup doesn’t love treats and belly rubs?! Spending that quality time with your fur baby for a few minutes daily will show them that they are loved dearly.
Give your dogs some treats to show them they’ve been a good boy or girl! Don’t overfeed them with treats, though, as they still need to maintain a healthy balanced diet. You can always feed your pup healthy fruits and veggies as a treat instead of the pre-packed treats you get at your local pet care store.
Make Sure They Always Have Fresh Water to Drink
Having fresh water in your dogs’ bowls at all times is essential to their overall health. Staying hydrated, especially during the summer months, is very important. Keeping their bowl clean is equally as important as providing them with fresh water. Over time, the microbes from their saliva will build up in their bowl, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. Dogs are well equipped to handle this stuff, but would you continue eating off a dirty plate? I don’t think so!
You can wash their bowls with regular dish soap and a sponge. Do not use the same sponge that you use to clean your dishes. Grab a designated sponge just for your pet bowls to clean them properly.
What are your favourite things to do with your dog? How do you spoil your fur baby? Make sure to take advantage of all that York offers, even if it’s not the most pet-friendly place in the world.
From restaurants that welcome dogs with open arms to stores packed full of the best toys and treats, there’s something for everyone here. Check out our resources page for more pet information and additional places where you can take your dog out in Newmarket and Aurora!
Morag is the owner and founder of York Regions most trusted premier in-home pet care and dog walking companies. In 2000 she saw a need for an alternative to kennels, catteries for family pets in the area and has always believed that pets are much happier and less stressed staying in their own familiar environment. Morag and her team are all certified in Pet 1st Aid and CPR, she also offers continuous training to her team members through online and hands on pet care and pet behaviour and care courses. Morag has earned her certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Professional Dog Walking and Canine Attendant training. She has lived in the Newmarket/Aurora area since 1991 is a wife, a mother of 2 adult children and a grandmother of 2 delightful little balls of energy. She has also been owned by fish, birds, mice, rats, cats, dogs, gerbils and guinea pigs and is an advocate for all living creatures. In her spare time she likes to be involved in her community and events travelling, reading and cooking.