Tagged: dog care

7 Poison Prevention Week: Dog-and Cat-Safe Plants for Your Spring Garden

POSTED BY Teresa IN

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As Spring rapidly approaches, many across the country are celebrating the season by planting their gardens. Pet owners have more to consider than just what plants make their gardens (indoors or out) beautiful—they have to ensure their plants and flowers are safe for their furry family members as well. Some dogs chew on everything without discretion, and a curious kitten may think a new bouquet looks tasty, so pet parents need to choose foliage that is safe in the event Fido takes a nibble. Below is a list of some common, non-toxic, pet-safe indoor and outdoor plants and flowers (with…

2 Separation Anxiety in Dogs

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10 Truths About Walking Your Dog

The Cause
Separation anxiety is an emotional distress response in dogs.  It occurs when an anxious dog is separated from the person or persons to whom they are most attached. The resulting response may lead to episodes of destruction, chewing, barking, howling, self-inflicted injury and housebreaking accidents.  Separation anxiety occurs when the owner is gone from the home and the dog is left alone.  In extreme cases, it can occur when the owner is in a different room or out of the dog’s sight.
There is not one specific cause of separation anxiety, but many factors which influence the syndrome.  …

Dog Training Technique: Nothing in Life is Free

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The “nothing in life is free” dog training technique instills a sense of respect and understanding between you and your dog.

How to Practice “Nothing in Life is Free”
• Once your dog has mastered his basic commands, you can begin the “nothing in life is free” technique.  Before you give your dog anything (food, a walk, a treat, attention), require that he first performs one of the commands.  For example, before you take him out, have him sit patiently and quietly before you put on his leash.
• Do not give your dog what he wants until he has…

10 Things to do for Your Newly Adopted Dog

POSTED BY John B IN

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Congratulations if you are one the many families who decided to bring home a new dog over the Holidays! If you are still looking for your perfect pet, dogs can be a wonderful addition to any family. In an effort to keep your new companion happy in your home forever, here are a list of 10 things every dog owner or potential dog owner should know.
1. Think About Important Characteristics in Your Ideal Dog: Try not to focus primarily on looks. Think about size and energy level first. Do you want an active dog that can accompany you on…

Pet Adoption Checklist for Dogs and Cats

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Pet Adoption Checklist for Dogs and Cats

Adopting a new pet is a very exciting event!  You’ll need to pick up a few supplies, so we created a pet adoption checklist to help you prepare your home prior to your new adopted dog or cat’s arrival.

New Dog Supplies Check List

  • Dog collar, leash, and identification tags
  • Nutritious dog food
  • Dog crate or carrier
  • Dog bed
  • Food and water bowls
  • Dog grooming tools (shampoo, brush and nail clippers)
  • Dog toys
  • Treats & chews

New Cat Supplies Check List

  • Litter box and cat litter
  • Cat collar and identification tags
  • Cat food (both wet and dry)
  • Food and water

Teaching Your Dog Basic Obedience Commands

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Teach your dog basic obedience commands with these easy-to-follow dog training tips!  If you know how, you can use a clicker as a training aid.  Otherwise, you can use a treats from a treat pouch.  Treats should be given within one second of the dog performing the desired action.  The pouch should be kept out of sight otherwise, as it can become a distraction for your dog.
Teaching “Sit”
Hold a dog treat in front of your dog’s nose, just beyond his reach.  Slowly raise the treat above his head so that as his eyes follow the treat, his backside…

20 Housebreaking 102: The Buddy System

POSTED BY Britt IN

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This guest blog was written by one of our volunteers, Brittany.
Phoenix is a two-year-old Pomeranian that I adopted after seeing an ad on a local website. He was the product of an unplanned litter and he is definitely the most loving dog I have ever encountered.  He loves taking walks, hiking, and playing fetch.
Phoenix came into my life with a couple of “behavior” problems.  First, he wasn’t house trained. Second, he had severe separation anxiety. These two problems are amongst some of the most significant reasons why owners give up their dogs. I’ll get to his separation anxiety…

Techniques to Calm Fireworks Phobias

POSTED BY Annie M IN

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It’s almost New Year’s Eve! If your dog or cat has a fear of fireworks, you’ll need to do a little special planning to keep your pet calm on the big night. Animal shelters see a drastic rise in pets picked up on any holiday celebrated with a fireworks show. Here are some tips and products to help keep your dog or cat safe and comfy.
The Fight or Flight Instinct.
If your pet has a fireworks phobia, that first pop is enough to activate their fight or flight instincts. Disoriented pets running in search of a hiding place can…

How To Keep Your Holiday Holly and Your Pet Jolly: Pet Tips & Gifts for the Holiday Season

POSTED BY JJ Jeurink IN

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Think about the holidays from your pet’s perspective; bright, blinking, shiny, fuzzy, noisy, smelly things all at eye level! To them, it’s time to get those noses, mouths and tails to work! As you’re decorating and entertaining this year, keep in mind these holiday tips to keep your holiday holly and pet jolly:

  • O’ Christmas tree, O’ Christmas tree, your decorations are history – They might be if your tree and decorations are not secure. Consider anchoring your tree to an adjacent wall, make sure the base is sturdy and ornaments that are attractive or dangerous to your pets are

17 Pet Sitting Tips for a Happy Holiday

POSTED BY Jennifer S. IN

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It’s that time of year, when we go over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house for the holidays!  However, sometimes those plans include long drives, airplanes and overnight stays.  In some cases, it’s just not feasible to bring along your furry family member.
Your pet is very comfortable at home with you, but when you leave, he can become stressed and act out.  Your pet is used to your routine, and anytime you leave, that routine is disrupted.  There are a few options when traveling away from home for who can look after your pet when you…