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PET HAPPENINGS - November 2023

Signs your dogs needs more from you
Provided by Jessica Turquette, owner of Moab BARKery

Many of us lead very busy lives, and even when weíre home, we often spend big chunks of time on our smartphone, tablet, or computer Ö or catching up on household errands and to-do lists.

When life is a whirlwind and stress is a routine part of each day, the family member who most often gets forgotten is the dog. Not only is this a bad deal for our pet, but also for us. After all, thereís no better way to de-stress than to spend time with a furry companion!

Here are some clear signs that your canine companion needs more of your time and attention.

Your dog is sleeping his life away ó An otherwise healthy young or adult dog who sleeps the day away is bored and in need of physical exercise and playtime, as well as mental stimulation.

Try to set aside an hour a day to focus on your dog. Take walks, head to the dog park, go running together, or play a lively game of fetch. Also consider enrolling your dog in an obedience class or a canine activity like agility or nose work to keep him mentally challenged.

Your dog seems blue ó A healthy dog who is feeling depressed may lose interest in eating or playing, become destructive, have accidents in the house, or stop running to greet you when you come through the door.

Like a sleepy, sluggish dog, a depressed pooch often just needs more quality time with her human.

Get into the habit of spending an uninterrupted hour with your dog each day engaging in physical pursuits, grooming rituals, training exercises, and good old tummy rubs. It will lighten both your moods!

Your dog is getting into mischief around the house ó If your canine companion suddenly starts relieving himself indoors, it could be a sign heís stressed, but there might also be an underlying health problem, so I recommend a visit to your veterinarian to rule out a medical condition.

If he gets a clean bill of health, then itís probably safe to assume heís in need of more of your time and attention. If heís also starting to be destructive or disruptive around the house, itís almost a sure bet he needs more from you.

If part of the problem is that heís alone all day while you work, consider hiring a dog walker to take him out for a stroll mid-day. You might also see if thereís a doggy daycare in your area where he could spend a few hours each week interacting with other dogs.

Youíll also want to insure heís getting enough daily exercise and mental stimulation to keep him in balance. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog!

Your Pup is getting porky or even obese ó Dogs in the wild spend most of their waking hours hunting down their next meal. Dogs in our homes spend most of their awake-time eating what we feed them and looking for a good spot to nap.

The result is an epidemic of overweight and obese canine companions, and we have no one to blame but ourselves.
If youíre overfeeding or over-treating your dog as a way to sooth your own guilt over not spending enough time with her, remember that food is a lousy substitute for your time and attention.

Your dogís nails look more like talons ó Overgrown nails are a sure sign your pup probably needs more walks and definitely needs more frequent nail trims. Youíd be surprised how many foot problems and other health issues in dogs start with untrimmed nails.

Your dog starts turning up his nose at mealtime ó When a dog stops eating or his appetite drops off noticeably, itís time for a visit to the veterinarian. Make sure you are feeding an appropriate diet that has as many fresh elements your budget can handle. If you have upgraded their diet and had a checkup tere could be more to it. Usually thereís a physical cause for loss of appetite, but some stressed out dogs will also stop eating. Most of us have heard stories of pets refusing to eat while boarded, for example.

If your dogís lagging appetite isnít due to a physical problem, itís most definitely a sign he needs more TLC from his favorite human. Start spending more quality time with your pet and chances are his appetite will increase as his stress level decreases.

Your dog is disobedient ó Dogs naturally want to please their humans, so if your pooch is giving you attitude, itís a good bet you need to spend more time with her. It could be she needs an obedience refresher course, or itís possible you havenít discovered what truly motivates her.

Some breeds are more eager to please than others, so if your dog has an independent nature, youíll need to learn how to get her attention.

Your dog is still not housetrained ó While itís true some dogs are easier to house train than others, an adult dog who has frequent accidents indoors isnít getting the time and attention he needs to learn that all peeing and pooping is done outside. Following a very consistent ďtime for your walkĒ routine, crate training as necessary, and positive behavior reinforcement are the keys to success in housetraining.

Dog-Friendly Walks/Hikes
in the Moab Area

Corona Arch - Easy/Moderate. 1.3 Miles one way. Trailhead is 25 minute drive from Moab.
North on US-191 to Potash Road (Utah 279).

Mill Creek Pathway - Easy. 1.1 Miles. Little to no driving. Starts at the intersection of 100 South and 100 West,
a block off of Main Street.

Portal Overlook - Hard. 2.0 Miles one way. Trailhead is 20 minute drive from Moab.
North on US-191 to Potash Road (Utah 279).

Grandstaff Canyon - Moderate. 2.0 Miles one way. Trailhead is 10-minute drive from Moab.
North on US-191 to the River Road (Utah 128)

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Dog Friendly Walks/Hikes in the Moab Area
Trail or Walk Difficulty Length
(one way)
Proximity to Downtown
MillCreek Pathway
easy 1.1 miles Little to no driving
Starts at 100 S & 100 W
Portal Overlook
(trailhead @ Jaycee Park)
Hard 2.0 miles 25 min drive N on US-191 to W on Utah 279 (4.2 miles)
Moab Rim Hard 3.0 miles
(to Hidden Valley trail)
8 minute drive 2.6 miles down Kane Creek Blvd from US-191
Negro Bill Canyon
(aka William Grandstaff Canyon)
Moderate 2.0 miles 10 minute drive N on US-191 to
W on Utah 128, 3 miles
Hunter Canyon Easy 2.0 miles 25 minute drive (mild off-road)
7.5 miles down Kane Creek Blvd from US-191
Corona Arch Trail Easy/Moderate 1.5 miles 25 minute drive N on US-191 to
W Utah 279 (10 miles)
Hidden Valley
(trailhead at end of Angel Rock Rd)
Hard 2.0 miles 10 minute drive S on US-191
3 miles to Angel Rock Rd
Fisher Towers
(trailhead 2.2 miles off Utah 128)
Moderate 2.2 miles 35 minute drive N on US-191 to Utah 128, then 21 miles

Tips for enjoying your time with your dog here in the Moab area:

  • Bring lots of extra water for you and your dog.1 gallon per day for every 60lbs of dog!!
  • Don’t let dogs chase wildlife (especially coyotes, they can lead dogs into an ambush).
  • In the city, dogs are required to be leashed, but on public lands off leash with voice control is allowed.
  • Slickrock and sand is very abrasive!  Check paw pads often, or buy and use booties.
  • If it’s over 85 degrees only consider early AM or late PM hikes, daycare or leave your dog at home.
  • Pack out my poop!  Seriously or the other hikers without dogs will eventually demand no dogs allowed!

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