Top 5 Dog Parks in America

Sunny skies and warm weather are on our horizon. As summer makes its anticipated debut, your dog is probably itching at the chance to get outdoors and play; well, it’s no secret that we are too. The Precise team has taken the liberty of rounding up the top five dog parks in America that you and your furry friend should add to your summer bucket list:

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Fort DeSoto Paw Playground and BeachTierra Verde, FL

This park features two sectioned fenced-in play areas for large and small pets, allowing your pup to run leash-free for a few hours. And get this, there’s a dog beach in the Paw Playground. Make a splash with your pooch, and clean off afterwards by the park’s convenient hosing station. Honestly, what could be better?

Point Isabel Regional ShorelineRichmond, CA

Think your pet is a well-behaved good listener? Then you definitely want to add this Californian destination to the list. Not only is Point Isabel an off-leash park for mannerly pups, it also features a Mudpuppy’s Tub & Scrub and Sit & Stay Café, a favorite among   visitors four-legged and two. Clean-off your pet at Mudpuppy’s DIY dog bath areas, and   be sure to take a gander at their toys, treats, and supplies. Then you can hop over to Sit & Stay Café to grab a treat for yourself; you deserve it.

Fort Woof Dog Park at Gateway ParkFort Worth, TX

For a happy dog: 1. Go to Fort Woof 2. Unleash; that’s the motto of this non-profit associated destination. Equipped with two fenced in areas for pups large and small, a watering station with bowls, and waste bags galore, this doggie-do hosts a variety of events year-round such as dog fashion shows, and the annual Barktoberfest. Think your pup could use some socialization? This seems like the place to be.

James Island County ParkCharleston, SC

Dog park, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, splash zone water park, climbing wall, saltwater fishing, and play fountain…we’re in. This park definitely features fun for four-legged friends of all breeds and sizes to enjoy! If you and your furry friend can’t bring yourself to call it a day, even after tiring yourselves out with everything this park has to offer, James Island features a campground featuring 124 sites and 10 vacation cottages to extend your stay. We’ll start packing our bags now.

Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan ParkLancaster, PA

Owner Angela and her dog Beau hit the jackpot after winning a contest that brought $500,000 to Lancaster’s Buchanan Dog Park. With a huge makeover under their belt, it’s safe to say that this park is probably the most PAWesome in America—no joke. Featuring a small and large dog area with splash pads, a doxi tunnel and even a launching tennis ball tree, this park has been the bark of the town since it’s grand opening in 2013. The image above is a good indication as to why!

Whatever excursion you plan, bring plenty of water for your pet to keep them hydrated throughout the day and be sure to have plastic bags in tow to clean up after pet messes.

We hope you have a “barking” good time!

Image Credit: Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park Facebook


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Earth to Pet Owners: Reduce Your Carbon Paw Print

We’re sure you know the importance of reducing your carbon footprint, but what about your pet’s?  Yep, your beloved companion has an environmental impact, too, and it might be bigger than you think.

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So, in honor of Earth Day, we’ve got some tips to help you become a more eco-friendly pet owner and reduce your carbon paw print. It’s time to get your green on! 

Feed Your Pet Properly

Fill your pet’s food bowl with holistic, organic or sustainably sourced food (queue  Precise) they’re great for your pet and for the planet!  Chicken and fish based products especially tend to have lower environmental impact.  Try to buy in bulk when you can to reduce packaging waste, and purchase from your local retailer to eliminate pollution from long distance shipping.

Do Your “Dooty”

When nature calls, it’s your job to pick it up! Pet waste can be a hazardous pollutant- especially to nearby water sources (check out our last blog post for more info). Make an effort to use biodegradable or flushable doggie bags for poo pick up that aren’t harmful to the environment, and even consider composting your pet’s waste.  Composting is nature’s way of recycling, and, believe it or not, pet waste can be an effective ingredient for compost that can be used for fertilizer!  Just make sure you don’t use it for plants or crops meant for human consumption.

Kitty Litter

Unfortunately, the majority of cat litter is clay-based, which is strip mined and non-degradable.  Next time you’re out, reach for the litter that’s made with sawdust, pine pellets, or other biodegradable ingredients.  To save money, you might even consider making your own at home!

Eco-friendly Accessories

Look for toys and accessories made with organic or recycled materials to keep playtime eco-friendly.  Before throwing out old toys that your pet no longer loves, donate them to your local animal shelter instead.  After all, one pet’s trash is another pet’s treasure.


This is probably your most important responsibility as a pet owner.  Spaying or neutering your pets is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent further overpopulation.

As pet owners, we know it’s your priority to keep your furry friend happy and healthy, so why not throw Mother Nature a bone while you’re at it?

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3 Tips to Prevent the Possibility of Lyme Disease in Dogs

April showers bring May flowers, and lots of time outside for you and your pet. Spring has sprung, and the warm weather has us all itching to get out and seek adventure on a hike in the woods, in a pasture, or at the park.

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For these reasons, April has been deemed National Prevention of Lyme Disease Awareness month, as ticks are prevalent in these outdoor areas, and are ready “suck” the fun out of outdoor playtime.

What’s lyme disease exactly? Well, it’s a tick-borne illness, caused by the transmission of infected bacteria, commonly from a “deer tick,” also known as the black-legged tick; we have 3 tips from our global veterinarian, Dr. Stephan Leoni, on how to help stop these biters in their tracks.

Grab a Good Repulsive Spray, or Drop-On

These two preventative methods are recommended for pets because of their ability to repel ticks, fleas, and mosquitos alike, while also remaining water and sweat proof. This composition can be placed between your pet’s shoulder blades, or all along their body, depositing into sweat glands where the active ingredients will be released over several weeks’ time.

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Ticks hide out in warm places: in-between your pet’s toes, under their armpits, behind their ears, and around their tail and head. If you feel a bump, separate the fur surrounding the tick and grab some tweezers. Proceed to pull the ticks body away from the skin, being cautious not to crush the tick, or leave any limbs of the insect behind. After removal, clean your pet’s skin with soap and water, and flush the tick down the toilet. The longer the tick is attached to your pet’s skin, the greater the risk becomes of being infected (more than 48 hours).

Get Some Immune Support

Incorporating a diet packed with vitamin E and C along with carotenoids and flavonoids will help boost your pet’s immune system, in case of infection. This will allow your pet to help fight the bacteria until they are able to receive medical attention, and will also serve as a great source of nutrients if your pet is recovering from the disease. Might we recommend our Precise Holistic Complete line of dry dog food formulas?

Though the risk of becoming infected is minor, nothing can rule out Lyme Disease indefinitely. If you notice the following symptoms from your pet after playing outdoors, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

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4 Ideas to Celebrate National Pet Day That Your Companion will Love

National Pet Day? More like National Best Friend Day. That’s right, the annual furry friend appreciation day is nearly here! You may have already planned your Monday to be filled with snuggles, outdoor fun, and special Healthy Habits treats but if you’re stuck in the planning process, have no fear—we’ll take it from here.

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Don’t you need a vacation?

What better way to honor your furry friend’s companionship than with a getaway! Camping, hiking, kayaking, beach fun, you name it—your pet will enjoy coming along for the ride. Check out these articles to see the most pet-friendly outdoor destinations in America and Canada to help kick-off your next adventure!

Test your pet’s agility with an obstacle course!

Let’s take playtime to the next level and create an obstacle course for your dog or cat! Make sure you have plenty of water and treats at the ready! For pups, it’s probably best that the fun is held outside, especially for high-energy dogs that are eager to get their agility on. For our feline friends, the fun may be better suited for the indoors. Obstacle courses can be created with items lying around the house, or in your garage. Check out these DIY obstacle courses for cats and dogs! Not only is an obstacle course a great way to shake up the playtime routine, it further strengthens your bond with your pet.

        Cat owners…grab your lasers.

Share the companionship.

Your pet is your best friend; why not share the love with patients at your local hospital? Not only will all of the attention make your pet smile, it is proven that pets, especially dogs, provide a variety of therapeutic benefits to patients. Before you plan your visit, be sure to contact your local hospital to make sure you follow their specific guidelines during your stay. Make sure that your pet does not wander into individual patients’ rooms, and only greets them in public areas of the hospital.


Watch a movie, bake some homemade treats, and pet your loving companion until it’s time to snooze. Sometimes lazy days, are the best days.

No matter what your day entails, your pet will appreciate the extra time spent together this Monday. What will you and your pet be doing to celebrate? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Reasons to Pick Up the “Number Two”

We really weren’t kidding, it is National Pooper Scooper week—and yes, we’ve written a blog post about it. Whether you’re at the beach, the park, even sitting in the comfort of your home, there is no escaping nature’s call. Litterboxes ease your worry for indoor cats, outdoor felines are known to burry their “number two;” and dogs, well, they’ll go just about anywhere. It’s easy to feel a bit lazy, and confident that your pet will take care of their business with no help from you, but until the day pets stand upright and utilize the toilet, that’s not reality. Here are 4 reasons why it’s time to stop being lazy, and pick up your pet’s business.

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1. Storm Water carries it all around town

And directly into our waterways; this means that nitrogen from the waste is added to the water, depleting the oxygen that keeps underwater wildlife alive. This process may also transmit diseases such as E. Coli and Salmonella to humans who unknowingly drink the contaminated water.

2. You don’t want your guests thinking “what’s that smell?”

If your pet does their duty in a litter box, it’s your job to grab the scooper. Lucky for you, many pet litters will deodorize the smell somewhat, but not all. Cats can be quite peculiar about their bathroom habits, and if they aren’t met, they will find an area that is. They like a clean area with a neutral smell, and may prefer a certain litter over others. It is recommended to scoop out your pet’s litter box daily while replacing the litter twice a week.

3. It’s common courtesy

And your responsibility as a pet owner, especially when your pup decides to venture off through the neighborhood and mark its territory on other lawns. Help end the worry of pet landmines for beach goers, other pet owners by the park, city explorers, and yourself by scooping!   

4. And it’s the law

The reasons above should be a clear indication as to why…

Now that’s what we like to call the ugly truth; we know, we wish it wasn’t so too. Happy scooping!

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