2016 July 4th in The Woodlands

2016 July 4th in The Woodlands

Camp Bow Wow loaded up the van this Independence Day and headed out to the 2016 South County July 4th Parade in The Woodlands. In case you weren’t able to make it, here’s a recap of the Independence Day festivities.

The pack — including our four-legged friends Bailey, Bristol and Chloe — walked the mile-long parade route, handing out Camp Bow Wow cup sleeves and tennis balls.


As we marched, Bailey, Bristol and Chloe flaunted their adorable capes decorated in the United States flag. The pupgirls were greeted with love and hugs from the everyone — especially the children —as they smiled and wagged their tails.

If you went to the parade be sure to share your pictures with us on Instagram and Facebook.

5 Houston dog parks for those trips into the city

5 Houston dog parks for those trips into the city

The Houston heat can be brutal. But it’s here — and our dogs are super excited to get outdoors and explore! We know all pet parents want the best for their pup, including healthy interaction with other friendly dogs and animal lovers, so we’ve gathered a list of Houston’s most popular dog parks that are safe, clean and a great spot for your dog to run wild and free in the city.

Click the park’s name to see pictures taken by frequent visitors.

Danny Jackson Dog Park at 4828 Loop Central Drive


This first park is perfect if your dog is looking for some fun in the water (…and it’s not Splishy Splash Day at the Camp.)

This dog park was rated No. 1 on Google listings and earned four stars on Yelp. The 3-acre park has been around for 11 years and is known as a favorite part of its community. The park has two separate areas for small dogs and big dogs so you don’t have to worry about your miniature pup being trampled over. There are also doggy lakes, fountains, benches for pet parents to relax and generous amounts of parking.

Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Best times to visit: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Millie Bush Bark Park at 16101 Westheimer Parkway


This 15-acre park is ranked No. 1 in Harris County, according to several sources. Millie Bush Park contains a small pup section, three ponds, washing stations and shaded benches for pet parents to relax.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Congressman Bill Archer Dog Park at 3201 Highway 6


Oh, yes! All the space your dog needs to run free with these next two parks!

Congress Bill Archer Dog Park promises that your dog won’t feel penned in with other animals but have 17 acres of land to run freely and safely. The park also contains two sections to separate small dogs from the larger breeds, numerous trees, trails, ponds and shaded benches for owners. The park won Houston Press’ Best Dog Park award in 2011.

Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Horsepen Creek Park 9118 Wheat Cross in Cypress

This huge dog park is 188 acres and contains more than 3 miles of walking trails. This park is family friendly for everyone to enjoy, even if you don’t own a pet, because it has large lakes to go fishing and a playground for the kids.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pundt Park at 4129 Spring Cree9npvszqcdymoqk Drive in Spring

This 380-acre park not only includes a dog park but also provides playgrounds, canoe launch, picnic tables, a 10-mile trail and two lakes that are perfect for fishing.

Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk (which is typically around 8:30 p.m. in the summer months)

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How to properly trim your dogs nails

How to properly trim your dogs nails

According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, there are several consequences to letting your dog’s nails linger. The first being intense foot pain. When the paw presses against a solid surface — hardwood floors, concrete walkway — its nails are pushed back into the nail bed, which in turn either puts pressure on the dog’s toe joints or forces the toe to twist to the side.

Below is a chart from The Hydrant that illustrates the proper way to clip canine nails.


There are three basic categories of nail clippers for dogs: a scissors type, a guillotine type and a medium or large pliers type. Neither works better than the other, so pick the design that you’re most comfortable with.

Whichever style of scissors you choose, the ideal time to trim your dogs nails is going to depend on the activeness of your pet. Usually, young active dogs — especially those that often run or play on hard surfaces — tend to need their nails cut less often because the elements somewhat naturally file the dog’s nails down.

Older dogs tend to end up with long quicks, elongated nails and often extremely hard nails. Nails can also grow back a bit deformed if there has been some sort of trauma to the nail bed, such as when the dew claw has been caught in something and torn.

If you’re not up to the task yourself, Camp Bow Wow Near the Woodlands Area offers nail trimming services with our bathing packages or à la carte for only $10.

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15 amazing dog-inspired tattoos

15 amazing dog-inspired tattoos

Animals have always been a common inspiration for tattoos from lions, tigers and bears — oh my! Here are 15 amazing dog tattoos that are sure to blow you away if not catch your attention.

1. The artist

2. Puppy princess and debonair chauf-fur

3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Terrier

4. We actually don’t know what to think about this one, but we can’t stop staring at it.

5. Nice, clean and simple.

6. Perro

7. Too cute

8. Dynamic dog

9. Inspiring

10. Off to a good start

11. The Realist

12. Another pawsome portrait

13. …it’s a Boxer.

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14. Super Cool!

15. You could get lost in those eyes.

National Puppy Day: 5 sweet treats to celebrate your favorite pup

National Puppy Day: 5 sweet treats to celebrate your favorite pup

Pet lovers across the nation are gearing up for the most adorable holiday on the calendar. It is the 10th annual National Puppy Day!

The movement was created to celebrate the love puppies bring their owners, to bring attention to the multitude of orphaned puppies across the globe and to educate the world about the horrific puppy mills.

The Woodlands and surrounding areas offer several great shelters with abandoned puppies looking for a great home including the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and Abandon Animal Shelter in Tomball.

Should you choose to adopt a puppy in celebration, nothing says welcome home like a treat fresh from the oven. But of course, dogs young and old will appreciate all five of these recipes.

1. Peanut Butter and Bacon Dog Treat

Hmmm…yummy bacon! This first recipe comes from TidyMom.com.



  • 1 cup oat flour (you can just whip up your own by grinding up rolled oats)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour (or you can substitute regular or whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (unsalted is best)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 pieces cooked bacon
  • 1 shredded carrot


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl combine all wet ingredients until well blended. Add both flours to wet mixture to form dough.
  2. Roll out between two pieces of parchment paper or lightly floured work surface to 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Cut out with cookie cutter. (I used a dog bone shape cookie cutter)
  4. Place treats on a parchment lined baking sheet (they can be close together, just not touching) and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Cool in oven, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
  6. Store about a weeks worth on the counter in a sealed container and the rest can go in the freezer.


2. Simple Satisfaction Puppy Treat


Unfortunately, National Puppy Day falls in the middle of the week. We thought you might want a recipe that’s quick and simple. We found this recipe on Dog-Milk.com.


  • 2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour* (or wheat germ, spelt, rolled oats — or a mixture of these)
  • 2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food** – beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken, etc.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix ingredients together to form a stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out evenly until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they’re still edible).


3. Homemade Paw Print Dog Treats

Homemade Paw Print Dog Treats

If you have a little more time on your hands and want to flaunt your canine culinary skills, this adorable recipe comes via LiveLaughRowe.com.


  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Paw Print Topping Ingredients

  • ½ cup carob chips
  • 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter


  1. Heat oven to 300.
  2. In large bowl, stir dog treat ingredients until soft dough forms.
  3. Divide dough in half. Using brown rice floured surface and rolling pin, roll each half to ¼ to ⅛” thick.Cut with 1½”round cookie or biscuit cutter. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cutouts about 1-inch apart. Use fingers to press paw print indents in cookies.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes or until dry. Remove from cookie sheet to cooking rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Paw Print Topping Instructions

  1. In small microwaveable bowl, microwave carob chips and peanut butter uncovered on high for 20-30 seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth.
  2. Spoon into resealable plastic sandwich bag.
  3. Use scissors to snip a small hole in corner of bag.
  4. Squeeze bag to pipe carob mixture in paw indents of cookies.
  5. Gently tap the cookies on cooking rack or counter for topping to fill the indents.
  6. Allow cookies to stand at room temperature about 1 hour or until carob mixtures is set.
  7. Store in dog cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 weeks

4. Doggy Donuts

Best-Dog-Treat-Recipes.com had directions for a treat we couldn’t resists.




  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoon wheat bran
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 cup dog treat icing dog treat icing
  • 1 tablespoon party sprinkles or bulgur


  1. Place all the ingredients in your bread machine or mix them with your mixer, using a dough hook.
  2. When the dough is ready, divide it into 3 pieces.
  3. Sprinkle flour onto a cutting board.
  4. Roll the dough into ½”sheets
  5. Using a donut cutter, cut the donuts. Make sure you dip the cutter into flour in between donuts, as it can stick to the donuts easily—and get pretty messy!
  6. Place the donuts on a greased baking sheet.
  7. Let them rise for 45-60 minutes, or until they are close to doubled in size.
  8. Bake at 300 degrees F for about an hour.
  9. Turn off the oven and let them continue to dry overnight. They should be hard to the touch, with no “give” when you gently push on them.
  10. Ice the donuts with yogurt coating.
  11. Top with colored sprinkles

5. Cinnamon Bun Bites


We saved the best for last! Here’s a recipe from Babble.com that will make even human mouths water.


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water or milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Icing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup light cream cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or water


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a small bowl stir together water, oil and egg. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until you have a soft dough.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat the dough into a rectangle that measures roughly 8×14-inch. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon and nuts.
  5. Starting from a long edge, roll up jelly-role style and pinch the edge to seal. Using a sharp serrated knife or (even better) dental floss, slice half an inch thick and place slices cut side down on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes, until springy to the touch. Wait until they have cooled completely before you spread them with cream cheese.
  7. Store in a tightly covered container or freeze. If they are frosted, store the container in the fridge.

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Digging for the truth: Reasons why your pup needs dog-to-dog playtime

Digging for the truth: Reasons why your pup needs dog-to-dog playtime

Your dog is a hoot at private gathering and a dream with small children, but when it is time to visit the dog park — yikes! He yanks at his leash and barks wildly at every dog that passes. The experience can be embarrassing and potentially dangerous. As a result, many dog owners become reluctant to bring their pets out after their canine demonstrates such behavior.

The Whole Dog Journal says many canines suffer from a significant lack of exercise, stimulation and social time with their own kind. Like learning to share and to be polite in human children, dog-to-dog social skills are not instinctive.

Day care can be a great way to wag two tails with one bone— especially for pet parents with overbearing schedules.

Dogs are social creatures with communication techniques and interaction cues that are different from humans. It is important dogs develop their interpersonal skills through fraternization with other dogs.

A dog with poor social skills can become a threat to those around them. Playtime with other dogs allows your pet to develop the skills needed to interact properly with new dogs and people.


PetCareFacts.com says day care provides our four-legged friends with healthy opportunities to socialize with other dogs of various sizes, and monitored socialization generally helps mellow a dog’s temperament.

The Whole Dog Journal says enrolling your pet into day care once or twice each week can give your dog the perfect outlet for his energy, give him the social and dog-play time he covets and relieve you of the oppressive guilt of not being able to take him out for moderate to high intensity workouts.

How to know if your dog is a good candidate for daycare

If you’re looking to send your dog off to day care, we suggest conducting an honest evaluation of your dog’s personality and behavior before making a move. Although we believe every dog will enjoy our day camp program, we understand dog day care is not the right option for every dog.

Is your dog nervous and eager when playing with other dogs or downright terrified?

If your dog doesn’t enjoy interacting with other animals, he’ll likely find day care a very unpleasant experience, and his dislike of dogs will probably become worse. The Whole Dog Journals says total immersion into dogdom is not an appropriate behavior modification or management plan for dogs who are intimidated by their own kind.

Is your dog an aggressive breed or simply aggressive?

We never discriminate against breeds often labeled as aggressive such as Pit bulls, Rottweilers and Boxers. On the other hand, we understand some dogs — no matter their breed — have high prey drives that make it difficult for dog-to-dog interaction. Pushing an aggressive dog into pup playschool can reinforce this behavior because it gives the canine and opportunity to put his instinctive desires into practice.

Does your dog dislike being left at home alone or is he suffering from intense separation anxiety?

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals list the following symptoms as the most common signs of separation anxiety in dogs. It is important to note these are only signs of separation -anxiety or -distress if demonstrated when the dog is left alone or separated from their guardian.

Symptoms of Separation Anxiety

  • They experience uncontrolled urinating and defecating.
  • They go into persistent barking and howling.
  • They chew on objects such as door frames and window sills.
  • They dig at doors and doorways.
  • The general destruction of household and daycare center objects.
  • They fight aggressively to escape the house or daycare center
  • The walk or trot along a specific path in a fixed pattern. Some pacing dogs move around in circular patterns, while others walk back and forth in straight lines.
  • They eating all or some of his own excrement. This habit is also known as Coprophagia.

Is your dog becoming less dog-playful with age?

It is common for dogs to become less interested in socializing with other dogs as the years pass. And of course, geriatric dogs and those with medical conditions shouldn’t be forced into the intense activities offered at most daycare centers.

The first step to enrolling your dog into daycare

If your dog has energy to spare and loves active play, day care can be a great and safe option for building their social skills!

Reasons why daycare is good for your dog

Leading pet care providers strongly recommend selecting a camp with a fair assessment process such as Camp Bow Wow’s interview day , which gives your dog a free chance to try his paw at day care before becoming fully committed.

Always be sure to choose a day care with an environment that facilitates the physical and emotional needs of your pet — whether or not you decide to register with us.

Keep in mind transitioning your pet into a more dog-social lifestyle can sometimes be a little bumpy at first. Don’t get discouraged if your dog growls or even cowers from the other dogs during the opening stages.

Lastly, dogs who are often isolated and only have interaction with their own family tend to be more high strung and vocal when meeting other people or animals. Be sure to introduce your dog to other canines that have been socialized if you decide to take baby steps and organize a one-on-one play date with a neighborhood friend. Pairing two unsocialized dogs together can lead to trouble.

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6 Tips: Keeping dogs calm during thunderstorms

6 Tips: Keeping dogs calm during thunderstorms

Hurricane season begins in June — so you know what that means? Thunderstorms!

Experts say up to 30 percent of dogs experience storm anxiety (also known as astraphobia) with symptoms ranging from nervous moaning to destructive behavior. Here are some great tips for keeping your furniture in one piece and your dog calm during a storm.

1. Don’t comfort your dog when he acts afraid

According to Pedigree, giving your dog hugs or special attention can actually reinforce his fearful behavior. They suggest focusing more on speaking to your pet in a happy, playful voice to give him confidence. And remember: Never punish fearful behavior. If you can get your dog to play with you during a storm — that’s all the better, Pedigree said.

2. However, do make your dog comfortable

Petful.com recommends finding a comfortable place — a ridiculously plush dog bed, a rug, a crate or space under a bed, even in the bathtub — that the pet thinks of as a safe haven. Offer a few reassuring words. You might want to remind your pet that a cherished toy is still here, just waiting to be played with. While you’re trying to cuddle your dog, you are trying to keep them happy.

3. Bring your dog inside

PetHealth.com says the best place for your dog is the most sound-proof area of your house. Dogs left outside during a thunderstorm are affected more than dogs that are inside, according to PetHealth.com. Some dogs will attempt to escape from your yard or fight to get into your home. While damage to your property can be extreme and costly, it’s the damage your dog could do to itself that is dangerous – or deadly.

4. Turn down the noise, Turn up the music

Multiple sources recommend playing calming, soothing music for your dog during a thunderstorm. It’s a common form of pet therapy that is has proven to be highly effective. Another common approach that utilizes sound is desensitizing your dog — especially you ones— by playing a thunderstorm soundtrack when it’s not so gloomy outside.

Several websites provide thunderstorm soundtracks to help dogs with astraphobia. Of course, nothing is better than free in this case. YouTube has hundreds of soundtracks available for free use, some of which go for as long as 10 hours.

5. Don’t lock your dog up

The Human Society strongly suggests to not put your dog in a crate to prevent her from being destructive during a thunderstorm. Your pet will still be fearful when she’s in the crate and is likely to injure herself, perhaps even severely, while attempting to get out of the crate.

6. Go space age with electromagnetism

PetMD.com said your dog can become sensitized to the electromagnetic radiation caused by lightning strikes. One great way to shield your dog from these potentially fear-provoking waves is to cover their crate with a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

In the end, if your dog has severe astraphobia and you’re unable to achieve success with the tips we’ve outlined here, we strongly recommend consulting a veterinarian.

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