Must Love Dogs: San Francisco Spots Ideal For Dog Walking

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San Francisco is probably one of the best cities to walk dogs, and while that may seem biased coming from someone who lives there, the number of dog owners the city attracts supports that notion. And even if there are numerous places you could not call “dog-friendly,” here are some spots that your canine friend would love strolling in:

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Fort Funston
Regarded by many as the best dog park not just in San Francisco but in the entire world, there are various sceneries here that both you and your dog would enjoy – from the sand dunes and beach where pets can run around with each other to the miles of beautiful trails that overlook the bay.
Fort Funston was previously a harbor defense installation and is a protected area within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Having a stroll there would not just be enjoyable, but is educational, too.

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Bernal Heights Park
One of the most well-regarded dog-friendly parks, this verdant hilltop located on the cliffs above Mission neighborhood is visited even by non-residents for its great trails and the chance to see a panoramic view of the city.

Corona Heights Park
The park itself is a large open hill, paved by dirt and rock and consisting of different trails where you can walk your dog. It is considered one of the most family-friendly dog-walking spots in the city because the Randall Museum, located on the south side, is a good place where the kids can enjoy for free.

Hi, Scott Jay Abraham here, a true blue San Franciscan working as an industrial interior designer. During my free time, I love to travel to strange but ruggedly handsome places with the company of Shadow, my Dachshund. For more articles about taking trips with your dogs, follow this social media page.

A Hot Dog: How To Take Care Of a Dachshund

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Taking care of dogs (or any pet for that matter) is a huge commitment. So for kids who want to adopt or buy a dog, you need to be ready for the responsibility it entails. Dachshunds, in particular, require slightly different caring from other dogs. Here’s a few tips on taking car of your pet:

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Dog-proof your house

When you decide to get a dog, the first order of business is to adjust your home for the little bugger. Be sure wires are safely plugged or hidden and there aren’t any choking hazards left of the floor. It’s also important to get all your doggy essentials beforehand like food bowl, pet bed, and stock up on quality dog food.

Carry them up the stairs (when you can)

This is a breed specific requirement. Because of the Dachshunds’ body structure, they are prone to back injuries like disk problems. When you can, carry them up the stairs so they won’t have any back problems as they grow old.

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Watch their weight

Despite how cute fat and fluffy dogs are, obese dogs aren’t exactly healthy and can cause many health risks. This is especially true for this particular breed. Becoming overweight can cause unwanted back issues so it’s good to watch their diet and also to walk and play with them often.

Hi, I’m Scott Jay Abraham and I have a dachshund named Shadow. For more care tips for dogs (and other pets), like this Facebook page.

Getting a New Puppy? Keep Your Dog and Your Furniture Safe with These Tips

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Puppies are very energetic and curious. Much like babies, puppies love to explore the world around them and don’t always know whether the things they’re about to do are safe for them or for their human’s belongings. In addition, puppies have a teething stage that can last from a few months to a year. Teething puppies alleviate the discomfort they feel by chewing on things, be it a dog toy, a slipper, or your favorite table’s legs.

The following are some steps you can take to keep your new puppy and your belongings safe.

Exercise your puppy

Apart from relieving teething pain, puppies chew on furniture because they’re bored. However, chewing furniture, particularly wood, not only damages it, but can also cause splinters to lodge into your puppy’s mouth and esophagus.

To stave off its boredom, make sure to adequately exercise your new puppy by taking it on daily walks and playing with it. Dog toys can be used to distract your puppy from chewing on anything it’s not supposed to, and can keep it amused for hours.

Use furniture covers

If you don’t like dog hair on your couch, protective couch covers can be purchased from many retailers. Note that the reason why your puppy loves sleeping on the couch is because it’s comfortable. Make sure your new puppy has its own place to sleep by purchasing floor pillows or a dog bed.

Try a deterrent spray

Many pet supplies retailers sell a spray specifically designed to stop dogs from chewing on furniture. Choose a spray that is made of non-toxic ingredients that won’t harm your dog. These sprays don’t normally stain furniture, but spot-test first just in case.

Train your puppy
Your puppy might exhibit destructive behavior simply because it lacks training. If your new puppy suffers from separation anxiety, it might act out by chewing on furniture. If it’s not potty-trained, it’s likely to urinate or defecate indoors and damage your floors. If it doesn’t know the command “Off,” it won’t know when to get down from the couch.

New puppy owners should consider consulting a dog trainer who can help them understand the causes of their puppies’ behavior and learn to manage them through positive training techniques.

Hi, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an interior designer and proud owner of a dachschund. For more discussions on dog-proofing homes, please like my Facebook page.