Fetch! Pet Care of Clear Lake Suggests Lack of Exercise Can Contribute to Behavior Problems with Dogs

Problems That Result from Lack of Exercise and Play

Dogs can be like young children. If you don’t give them something constructive to do with their energy, they’ll find something to do on their own—and you may not like it! Some of the most common behavior problems seen in dogs who don’t get enough exercise and play are:

  • Destructive chewing, digging or scratching
  • Investigative behaviors, like garbage raiding
  • Hyperactivity, excitability and night-time activity
  • Unruliness, knocking over furniture and jumping up on people
  • Excessive predatory and social play
  • Play biting and rough play
  • Attention-getting behaviors like barking and whining

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Benefits of Exercise and Play

The good news is that keeping your dog healthy, happy and out of trouble with daily exercise is a lot of fun and provides many benefits, including:

  • Helps to reduce or eliminate the common behavior problems listed above, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity
  • Helps to keep dogs healthy, agile and limber
  • Helps to reduce digestive problems and constipation
  • Helps timid or fearful dogs build confidence and trust
  • Helps dogs feel sleepy, rather than restless, at bedtime or when you’re relaxing

Helps to keep dogs’ weight under control

“I love our walker, Lisa! She takes such good care of our dogs and they love to go on their daily walkabout with her!” – Angela S.

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Pet Manners in Public – What You Need to Know!

IMG_0568Some rules of “petiquette” from the experts:

Don’t confuse manners with laws: Having your pooch on a leash and making sure licenses and vaccines are up to date are requirements in most municipalities.

There also may be laws requiring cleaning up after your dog, aka “pooper scooper” laws.

Owners should research regulations not only for their municipality but also any public place. (Trained hearing or service dogs are usually permitted to accompany their owners wherever the public is allowed.)

Street sense: The website of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers tips for walking your dog. (go to aspca.org and search for “walking 101”). Keep Fido off the neighbors’ lawns and gardens. Also use a leash that allows the dog space to roam but isn’t too long.

“The well-trained city dog needs to respond to a minimum of four basic commands: ‘sit-stay,’ ‘heel,’ ‘leave it’ and ‘come,'” the website notes. Great article – read more here

Fetch! Pet Care of Clear Lake can help reinforce the commands you are teaching!


We provide pet sitting and dog walking in Pearland, Friendswood and the Clear Lake area TX.

Keeping our Pets Safe in this Hot!, Humid Summer Weather

IMG_0778Tips for keeping our pets safe in this HOT, HUMID weather!
 Never leave a pet in a car when you travel or do errands. During warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you’re
parked in the shade. Dogs and cats can’t perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets left in hot cars, even briefly, can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can even death. To avoid any chance that your pet will succumb to the heat of a car this summer, leave your pets cool at home while you’re on the road.
 Pets need exercise even when it is hot, but extra care needs to be taken with older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws.
 Pets can get sunburned too, and the pet may require sunscreen on his or her nose and ear tips. Pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer. Please work with the client if you walk a dog that may need sunscreen.
If the pet is exposed to high temperatures:
 Be alert for signs of heat stress-heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
 Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over their body to gradually lower temperature.
 Apply ice packs or cool towels to your pet’s head, neck, and chest only.
 Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
 Finally, take your pet directly to a veterinarian; it could save their life.
These tips are provided by the Humane Society of the United States and can be found on their Web
– Drink plenty of water or other cool (non-alcoholic) fluids
– Wear light colored and loose fitting clothing
– Take frequent breaks in air conditioned locations
– Walk in shady areas
– SLOW the pace of your walk
– Ensure dogs get water after the walk, even if this means putting water in the crate.
– Put an ice cube or two in the bowl to encourage drinking.  Give the dog an ice cube or two to eat.
There is a lot of good info on the Federal Governments CDC site here:
Recognizing Heat Exhaustion
Warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following:
 Heavy sweating
 Paleness
 Muscle cramps
 Tiredness
 Weakness
 Dizziness
 Headache
 Nausea or vomiting
 Fainting