Places you can take your dog during monsoon

If you are reading this article, the chances are that you consider your pet as a part of your family and hate it when you have to leave your pet’s side whenever you have go on vacations because of a strict no-pets policy in a majority of holiday hotspots. We understand the fact that the onset of monsoon calls for weekend trips exploring the great outdoors but it’s high time you went on “pet vacations” too. In this article we have suggested a few places where you can explore and enjoy along with your pet. Now you won’t have to dread leaving your loved pet in the kennel or at the mercy of your neighbours and relatives when you plan on going out on a vacation.

Camping with Crazy K9 Campers

When it comes to exploring the great outdoors nothing comes close to camping in the wilderness, what’s even better is the fact that you can bring your pet along too. Crazy K9 Campers have camps organized almost every other weekend and the facilities are organized superbly for pets and their parents. They are a Mumbai based initiative aimed at providing unique experiences for pet parents to connect with their pets and understand them as they truly are. Pioneers in the field of Pet Camping in India, they have successfully conducted over 100 camps across 20 venues over the last 14 years.

Swimming pool for pets is the highlight of their camps. They also arrange interactive games for pets & pet parents which are easy yet very exciting for both. Monsoon is their favorite season & they love to explore new places & they always try to find secluded spots with lots of natural beauty. During monsoon, you can expect exciting trails & waterfalls visits with the added benefit of taking your furry friend along on them.

If you’re looking for a wholesome pet vacation filled with fun activities and the invaluable bonding time with your pet, a camp with the Crazy K9 Campers might just do the trick and if you wish to know more about them,

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Karjat

Just a few hours’ drive from Mumbai, Karjat has a plethora of places, homestays, farmhouses which are pet friendly. Karjat is surrounded by the lush green mountains and multiple treks to tag your pet along with. The Bahiri Cave which overlooks this valley is a Hindu pilgrimage site. The ancient Kondeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva is also situated there. If you’re planning a short vacation and don’t want to venture too far out of Mumbai, Karjat is the perfect location.  If you want refreshing surrounding without the usual restrictions of the resorts around Mumbai, Karjat is the place to be for you and you’re pet to enjoy and make the most of the monsoons.

Igatpuri

Only a couple of hours drive from Mumbai, Igatpuri over the years has emerged as a prime location for a short weekend getaway. What’s great about this place is the fact that this place is home to the infamous Manas Resort. It’s a pet friendly property which sits pertly atop the Sahyadri Range, overlooking a 1200 feet valley.

This is India’s first resort with a petting zoo and to add to their facilities they also have a proper pet park with all the toys your pet might need. There’s enough room for your pet can to roll, jump and roam around off leash in the park. They also have a trainer present who can teach your pet a new trick or two as well. At this pet friendly resort near Mumbai, you can be rest assured that your pet will be cared for.

And that’s not it, they have also curated a Pets Forever Package where you can avail; Welcome Bone With Gift Hamper For The Pet, All Meals For Pet Parents, Special Cuisine For Pets, Pet Shampoo Bath With Grooming, Pet Photo Shoot, Pet Videography, Entry To Pet Off Leash Park With Socialization With Our Pets, One 60 minutes Spa Therapy for One Person, One Beauty Therapy, Laundry, Entry to Petting Zoo, WIFI, Usage of Infinity Pool For Pet Parents.  

To summarize, the Manas Resort provides a wholesome package for you and you’re pet to enjoy quality time together. 

Lonavala

Last and certainly not the least is every Mumbaikars favourite vacation destination, Lonavala. We don’t’ need to tell the details of why you should visit Lonavala during monsoon because you probably might know them already. What you might not know is the amount of pet friendly places that are available. You can go on treks, explore the waterfalls and do a lot more with your furry companion.

Of the various places present we highly recommend visiting Della Adventure and Resorts. This resort is renowned for being a pet-friendly destination and It’s one of the well-established pet friendly resorts around the region. They have designated walkers for your furry companion if you are busy doing the various adventure activities present there. All in all their hospitality will ensure you and your fur baby will reside in the upmost comfort. If you are a thrill seeker and you want to tag your pet along for some fun activities, this is the place to be.

Now before you venture out for a vacation with your pawsome pet, you need to make sure you have all the things you need for your pet to enjoy the vacation. Amongst all the pleasantness associated with rains lies the possibility of pets contracting skin infections and suffering from indigestion, among other diseases. For all round pet care you can always rely on Papa Pawsome.  Always make sure you have all the right things in place before you go out.        

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How to be a responsible pet parent and get the best out of the Monsoons

The monsoons are here and they not only bring cooler temperatures but the romance between man and nature. However, the monsoons bring a whole host of problems for our furry friends. Here’s a lowdown on how to keep pets healthy and prevent them from getting sick during monsoons.

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Make sure they’re dry

After every wet walk, making your pet feel dry and warm is of the upmost importance during the rains. Moisture, as most of the pet owners know, is going to affect their health. The monsoon season is heaven for germs.  It is essential to keep your dog’s fur dry all the time. A good idea during the monsoons would be to trim your dog’s fur. Investing in a raincoat is advised and it’s a great way to avoid dripping dog coats. When buying a coat for your dog, always measure your pet correctly to ensure you get a good fit. You don’t want the coat to be too snug as this could affect your pet’s mobility.

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Look after the paws

Once back from your walk, check and clean your dog’s paws. It will be full of dirt from the ground. You can protect the paws with shoes/boots. In case your dog rejects the idea of doggie foot wear, clean its paws thoroughly using warm water and a towel after its strolls.

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Be wary of the ticks and flea

Check regularly for ticks and fleas on your dog after each walk. Common places to check would be paws, ears, neck, arm pits and underbelly.

Now just because everything is damp, that does not mean that you do not have to bathe your dog. Regular bathing sessions using an antiseptic shampoo are a must during monsoons. Papa Pawsome’s varied range of shampoos should do the trick. It’s also important to keep your dog’s sleeping spot clean and free of ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and other bugs. Your pet’s sleeping spot must be dry and should be regularly changed.

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A comfortable resting space is a must

It’s essential to make your pet feel safe and comfortable at home, especially during monsoons. Many pets feel fear and anxiety in such weather, especially during thunderstorms. Pets can run to this space to feel secure whenever the sound of thunder frightens them.

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A slight change in diet

Offer a diet rich in fiber, Fibrous vegetables and fruits will aid in proper digestion and regular bowel movements in the absence of long walks and outdoor activities due to constant rains. Ensure your dog’s food is not kept in an area where even the slightest dampness can penetrate. There is a possibility that you may forget about it and your pet will consume bad food, leading to a severe stomach infection. An easy way to avert your pet’s tummy troubles is to boil water before you give it to your pet dog for drinking.

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Enjoy the monsoons to the fullest. Don’t let it hamper your dog’s activities. Rain or sunshine, nothing can stand in the way of you and your pet. Get a few things organized and make the best of monsoons. Go for monsoon camps. Meet other pet parents and most importantly let your pet play to its heart’s content.

Socialization – The key to your loyal companion’s overall wellness

When pet parents are asked the question; what things are essential to provide a healthy life for their companion? Only a few would answer with the term socialization. In the broad scheme of things socialization in your pet’s life is the key to its overall well-being.

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Dogs socialize by sniffing each other’s butt, it’s their natural way of saying “hello”, dogs often do that when the meet each other for the first time. Once your pet has made new friends they can exhibit a certain pack like behaviour. This belonging to a pack can make your pet feel that he is in a safe environment, which gives your pet a massive confidence boost as he will feel he can handle anything that comes his way.

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Socializing your pet regularly can also correct some innate behavioural problems your pet might have. You can bring along some treats on your walks and reward your pet for interacting with new pet friends. This will make your furry companion associate interacting with other dogs as a good experience because of the treats and will eventually change his perception about meeting new people and furry friends.    

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Exposing your puppy or your dog to as many new furry friends, people, environments and other stimuli as possible without overwhelming them. This constant exposure to different and new environment helps your pup develop a comfort level to various stimuli and helps immensely in controlling their aggression.

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Pets that are not socialized risk their own health, pose an injury threat to others, poorly socialized pets are frequently engaged in stressful situations. Your puppy, just like your child if you have one, can’t grow into a healthy adult without proper help and leadership. Good puppies aren’t born, they have to be made.

4 WAYS YOUR DOGS CAN BOOST YOUR MOOD (and your overall well-being)

4 WAYS YOUR DOGS CAN BOOST YOUR MOOD (and your overall well-being).

We don’t have to be scientists to know that dog are the funniest beings in the world who with their behavior crack us up more often than not. Had a bad day? Your dog is most likely going to sense that and want to help.

What makes them the best companions is the fact that they are great listeners. They may sit glued to your side, look at you adoringly or drop a toy into your lap. Then voila!! Things just don’t seem so sad anymore.

Researchers at the Harvard University, state that dog owners have a lower risk of heart disease. When we interact with dogs, our oxytocin levels shoots up, oxytocin is more commonly known as the feel good hormone. Since this is the hormone largely responsible for social bonding, this hormonal ‘LOVE INJECTION’ from dogs boosts our psychological well-being.

Dogs are completely devoted, energetic, fun and loyal to the core all at the same time.

So for the average dog parent, what other positive benefits can we expect from a furry baby? There are four great ways that our dogs boost our moods for us every day whether we ask for them to do it or not.

  1. They make you more active
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Let’s face it, if you have a dog, exercise is going to be a part of your life. Your dog is going to make you go outside into the fresh air for morning/evening walks. These walks will deepen the connection between you and your pet, eradicate most behavior problems in dogs, and keep your pet fit and healthy.

  • Provide companionship
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Dogs are consistent and stable. You rarely have to come home and soothe your angry or upset dog instead it’s the other way round. Caring for a living animal can help make you feel needed and wanted, and take the focus away from your problems, especially if you live alone. And nothing beats loneliness like coming to a wagging tail and wet kisses.

  • Increase socialization
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Dog owners frequently stop and talk to each other on walks, hikes or in a dog park. It’s a great way to socialize and meet more like minded people.  Dog owners are also bound to meet new people at pet stores, clubs and training classes.

  • Reduce anxiety
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 Dogs live in the moment and never stress out about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. They can help people be more mindful and appreciate the joy of living in the present.

Aromatherapy & Canine Massage Therapy

Almost all pet parents come across situations where their happy dogs are stressed out. Quite a few times you must have encountered situations where nothing seems to be effective in calming your dog. Some dogs with extreme anxiety stop responding to medication well. But other than traditional ways, there’s a new concept that has arisen and seems to be working very well on dogs – Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the practice of essential oils extracted from plants and flowers and using them in small dosages for health benefits and stress relief, mostly those issues that medicines aren’t effective for, or if the dog isn’t reacting well to them, or even if pet parents are not particularly in favour of too much medication. It is commonly being used for itchy skin, anxiety or phobias, and ticks/fleas, viral or bacterial infections, etc. on dogs.

You can either use essential oils in diffusers, adding few drops to the bath, or through products that contain essential oils like sprays, shampoos, lotion, massage oil etc.

Ensure that you check your dog’s response to the oil by making it sniff it a little and noting the reaction. If your dog rubs against you or wants to lick the oil, which means it likes that particular scent and it can be used. But if it turns away or sneezes, then try other scents, because dogs react differently to different scents.

Most commonly accepted scents and essential oils are:

  • LAVENDER – effective in cases of anxiety, because it can have a calming effect.
  • CHAMOMILE- can be used for easing muscle cramps, teething ache, itching, and can be mixed with lavender to treat ear infections.
  • NIAOULI- can also be used for skin allergies and ear infection.
  • PEPPERMINT- effective for getting rid of ticks

What Is Canine Massage Therapy?

Canine massage therapy is a form of alternative therapy that promotes a dog’s health. It is proven that the touch given to a dog through massage can improve not only a dog’s physical but also his emotional well-being. Massages are great for dogs who suffer from nervousness, anxiousness and hyperactivity.

Canine Massage benefits include:

  • Relaxation.
  • Blood Circulation, bringing oxygen to the circulatory system.
  • Pain relief
  • Improved flexibility, Helps joints increase range of motion.
  • Cleansing toxins through lymph glands.
  • Improved immune system.
  • Reduced age-related issues.
  • Reduced arthritis and hip dysplasia discomfort.
  • Muscle tension, soreness, weakness and spasm relief.
  • The skin gets additional nourishment from oils.

PAPA PAWSOME caters a variety of massage oils that are perfectly natural and acceptable by dogs for their relaxation and aromatherapy. Check them out here.

Keep in mind that

  • Don’t use essential oils undiluted on puppies under 8 weeks old for medium to large breeds, and 10 weeks for small breeds, pregnant or very old dogs.
  • Use most essential oils preferably in products and not directly because products use them in correct quantities. If you want to use them directly, make sure to consult a veterinarian.


Watch this video of dogs getting massages.


They are so happy it’s absolutely adorable.