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Connecting With Your Dog – Megan Leavey


To all dog lovers out there, this season brings fantastic entertainment to show us the importance of connecting with your dog (your best furry friend). If you have taken a trip to the movies lately, you may have heard about Megan Leavey. The story is of an enlisted Marine who becomes a dog handler that trains with military dogs and eventually deploys to Iraq to uncover explosive devices with the dog combat soldiers.

Connecting with your dog: What we learned from watching Megan Leavey

This amazing story has made us here at Les Poochs realize that our own values in providing the best care for best friends is spot-on.  Following are the things we learned about how we connect with our dogs.

Your pet needs a significant amount of care

When you make the decision to own a pet, you take on tremendous amount of responsibility to care for their every need. This obviously includes food and water, but also, as we saw in the movie, making sure they are comfortable and have plenty of rest. We have designed our products, such as the Les Poochs line of high quality professional dog shampoo, to ensure that you have the products you need, to provide the best possible care for your pet.

Pets have endless amounts of love to give

All pets really want to do is belong. Have you noticed your pet can often be vying for your attention? Regardless of any day or situation, you probably can find your best friend lying at your feet, or close by. When you are having a bad day or even just a tense phone conversation, your pet may come over and attempt to give you love with a nuzzle or a snuggle. They can sense when you need love, and make it available to you.

Your pets’ instincts are incredible and they’re capable of amazing things

In the movie, dogs were trained to protect humans. And even in the news, we have seen and read stories of other dogs who have been trained to be on the alert for health problems in humans, like the ability to detect high blood sugar levels in diabetic owners. Beyond knowing when you are in need of love, your pet can also sense danger.

We applaud the efforts of Hollywood for sharing this story and reminding us all just how special our best furry friends are to our lives and families. How do you see yourself and your family connecting with your dog?

Fun things to do with your dog

Fun activities with your dog

Every season is a fantastic time to get outside with your dog.  While most dog owners are accustomed to taking walks and exercising with their dogs, given the great weather, you may be looking for other kinds of fun activities with your dog, besides walking.

Try a new walking route in your area, or explore a new location

Major cities and small towns have walking routes for you and your dog to explore.  Leave lots of time for your dog to sniff new smells.

Go swimming with your dog

Swimming is one of the most fun activities you can enjoy with your dog. Find a pet-friendly place you can both swim. This can be a pool, lake, or even the ocean.  Let your dog splash in the water and cool off in the summer heat.  Don’t forget to bring a leash, and well as towels, to dry off your pooch before heading home.

Find volunteer activities with your dog

If your dog is generally friendly with other people, you and your best friend can bring joy to others who may be struggling a bit in life.  You can call a local nursing home, physical rehabilitation center, or even your local children’s hospital, to see if there are opportunities to visit.  Your local pet adoption center is another example of someplace that may look for volunteers, as well.

Take a class together

If you want to teach your dog some new tricks, a class is the perfect way to get the training you need.  Call a local trainer, or ask your groomer for suggestions.  With a little practice, you can have your dog fetching the paper, barking on command, or jumping to get a Frisbee.

Speaking of fetching . . .

Take your dog to an open area and let them chase balls, sticks and Frisbees that are under your control.  Take frequent breaks in the shade and always make sure your pet stays well hydrated.

Stay in a pet-friendly hotel

You and your dog will absolutely love the experience of a pet getaway.  If you plan correctly, you can visit a park nearby, a dog-friendly museum, dog-friendly winery, and even bring your dog to a restaurant, when allowed.

Your dog is part of your family and you should enjoy every single day having fun together.  Taking some time to enjoy a new and fun activities with your dog is important, and can provide you with great bonding time with your best friend.