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Great Tips For Getting Your Dog Toilet Trained

123RF-17245805_sOne of the toughest jobs that a family faces when a new puppy comes home is getting the dog housebroken. Here are some tips that will help:

When to House Train

A dog can be toilet trained at any age, but the best age to begin is between eight and twelve weeks old. If you set up a housebreaking routine as soon as you bring your puppy home, before long he will get the idea of where to do his business. A crate is a great tool for toilet training a puppy. It keeps him confined when there is no supervision and most dogs learn quickly that if they make it in their crate they will have to sit in it. Most dogs are fairly hygienic and won’t enjoy having to sit in dog doody or urine.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Keeping a close eye on your puppy is a key factor in getting him properly housetrained. Whenever you see that he is sniffing, circling or beginning to squat, immediately take him outside to the place where you want him to go and see if he eliminates. If he does, praise him lavishly. A good idea is to have a cue, such as “hurry up” so that your puppy knows what you want him to do. When he is going to the bathroom repeat the cue and then give your dog lots of praise for a job well done. It is better to take the dog out and nothing happens then to take a chance of an accident happening.

Have a Schedule

Feeding, watering and walking your dog on a regular schedule will make housebreaking that much easier. Puppies are like children and they thrive on a routine. Try and take the dog out around the same time every day so they will be able to adjust their bodily functions. The first thing you should do in the morning is take the puppy from the crate and don’t let his feet touch the ground. Bring him to the place where you want him to go, give the cue, and praise upon a successful completion. Take your puppy out at least every two hours, after eating or drinking and especially after play. Before you know it, your puppy will be letting you know it is time to go out and do his business.

Don’t Let the Puppy Roam

Letting your puppy roam around the house is a sure fire way to have accidents. If you have decided you don’t want to use a crate, and even if you do use one, confining the dog to certain areas of the house can make housetraining easier for everyone. It is difficult to keep track of a puppy when he has the run of the house, but if you gate him in the kitchen, he will still be able to be part of the action and can be better supervised in case of an accident.

Don’t Get Discouraged

There will be times when you first begin housetraining that you feel your pup is just not getting it. He may occasionally have accidents in the house. There is no need to be discouraged. If you stick to your routine, keep a good eye on the dog and make frequent outings to his outdoor bathroom, in no time your puppy will be housebroken. Another good idea is to use the same door all the time when you are taking him out so that when he has to go, he will scratch on the door to be let out. Once this happens, you can say “Hurray!” and know that your puppy is beginning to understand that going to the bathroom in the house is a no-no.

“Can I Have A Puppy?”

123RF-17245805_sSooner or later, every parent is likely to hear: “Please, can I have a puppy?”

Rather than dodge the question, parents should consider whether their family is ready for a pet, says Sharon Bergen, senior vice president of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of early childhood care and education.

Bergen suggests that parents weigh the pros and cons of adding a pet to the household before agreeing to a child’s request. “A pet can teach children responsibility and become a wonderful addition to a family – or it can be a burden,” she says. Bergen recommends families consider the following before making a decision.

Who will care for the pet? Families should agree beforehand who will be responsible for feeding, walking, bathing and cleaning up after the pet.

Do you have space for a pet? Families living in apartments or townhouses may prefer a cat, a bird or fish, rather than a Labrador Retriever. Check the library or Internet to learn more about different types and breeds of pets to determine the one most suitable for your family.

Owning a pet is time-consuming and may be expensive. Family members should realize that they may have to give up other activities to properly care for a pet. If the prospect seems too daunting, parents should consider waiting until the child is old enough to help care for an animal.

Bergen recommends the whole family meet the animal before deciding to take it home. Owning a pet is a life-long commitment, so think carefully before adding a pet to your family.

 

Five Steps to a Better-Behaved Pet

Nov-2013-iStock_000014546418XSmallWant to live a healthier lifestyle? Get a dog!  Studies show that pet ownership helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure and fends off feelings of loneliness and depression.

While nothing can top the love and companionship of a dog, there are some unpleasant behaviors that just won’t do – from barking all night to having an accident on the floor to chewing on your shoes.

If your dog is exhibiting these behaviors, it may be acting out due to boredom, pent-up aggression or because of a lack of training. With proper lifestyle adjustments and diligent training, you’ll be on your way to having a happy, well-behaved pet. The following tips will help your furry friend become more obedient:

1) Spay or neuter. The Humane Society of the United States says that this common procedure can help your dog live longer, be healthier and have fewer behavior problems.

2) Help your pet relax. Just like people, dogs can get anxious, agitated and stressed.

3) Have a workout routine. Provide your dog companion with regularly scheduled walks each day. This will help your dog avoid boredom, which can lead to destructive behavior.

4) Go to school.  Enrolling your dog in an obedience class will teach you how to control your dog’s behavior both safely and humanely.

5) Be patient. Though teaching your furry friend to be more obedient may take determination on your part, it’s worth it. Your dog will appreciate bonding with you during the process.

 

 

Do Pet Stain Removers Work or are You Being Taken to the Cleaners?

iStock-August 08, 2010Pet stains on carpet and other types of flooring can be difficult to remove.  Pet stain removal products sometimes work and sometimes they don’t.  It depends on the surface that you’re cleaning and how extensive the damage is.

There are two different types of pet stain removers, volatile chemicals (chemicals that react with certain compounds) and enzyme products.  Chemical products work by changing the chemical make-up of urine.  However, if you’re using a chemical on your flooring or carpet chances are you’re not going to get all the chemical out.  These chemicals can remain in the dye pores and fibers of your carpets for many years.  Enzymes work by acting as a catalyst to remove urine.  Enzymes are natural, unlike man-made chemicals.

For infrequent pet stains or pet accidents, pet stain removers can work extremely well.  These products neutralize and eliminate pet stains on carpet surfaces or already sealed flooring.

How to Know if Your Dog is Sick

-k9-kear-up-guaranteeMost dog owners will notice any sudden or odd changes in their dog’s normal behaviour but it is helpful to know which specific symptoms to look for. If your dog shows symptoms of excessive drinking, sudden loss of appetite, continual vomiting or diarrhoea, or unusual lethargy you should be concerned.  Discharge from the eyes or inflamed eyes, a shallow or rapid breathing pattern or persistent coughing can all be signs of something serious.

Typically when a dog is sick they will show a raised temperature, indicated by a hot, dry nose. If your dog has a high temperature or a very low temperature you should seek professional advice from your veterinarian.

A dog’s temperature will be raised after strenuous activity or excitement, and not be a reliable indication to its health at that time.

If you know or suspect your dog is ill, make sure you keep them calm and display a reassuring manner until you get them to the veterinarian. Dogs can be very sensitive to your tone of voice and will pick up any worry or anxiety in your demeanour.

Understanding your dog’s needs and keeping an eye out for symptoms of sickness and ill health ensures that you can take swift action and have your dog is cared for immediately.

Five Great Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers

123RF-9880980_sWith the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of gifts to give your friends and loved ones. Finding unique gifts can present a challenge, and most people never consider giving pet-related gifts. Since the chances are good that more than one person on your holiday gift list has a pet that he or she adores, why not give a distinctive gift that they will treasure? Here are five great gift ideas to get you started:

1. Fine Art Animal Prints

Dogs may come in many shapes and sizes, but each has a personality all of its own. One of the most delightful gifts you can give to a pet lover is a fine art print of his or her breed.

2. Crystal Animal Statues

Whether your gift recipient has a dog, cat, horse, or rabbit, he or she is sure to enjoy an elegant crystal animal statue. Hand-finished animal statues are beautiful yet whimsical. Crystal animal statues can depict a wide variety of pets.

3. Stone Animal Statues

Who wouldn’t love a playful stone animal statue depicting their beloved pet? Animal garden statues are perfect gifts, as are stone animal statues for the home and office. While some statues – like a sleeping spaniel puppy or an eager dachshund – make you feel warm inside, others – like a cat holding a pair of binoculars up to his eyes, ever watchful for a bird – make you chuckle. Stone animal statues are available for virtually any type of pet, and are certain to be cherished.

4. Animal Posters

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know how funny they can be. Animal posters depict pets in a variety of outlandish situations (remember the cat in “Hang in There”?), and are affordable.

5. Entertainment

When it comes to gifts for pet lovers, there’s nothing more unique that pet-related entertainment. There is actually a music company that creates music for animals, so consider giving a gift of music about and for cats, dogs, or birds. Another great gift idea is to buy a DVD or video that is designed to entertain your recipient’s pet. They can play the DVD or video while at work or out running errands – guilt free!

It’s both original and thoughtful to give a gift that acknowledges someone’s pet as a central part of his or her life. Pet lovers will appreciate and treasure your thoughtful gift.

 

Dog Obedience Tips

Nov-2013-iStock_000014546418XSmallTraining should be a positive and enjoyable experience for both you and your dog. If you are not in the right mood for training, don’t even begin. Always reward your dog for obeying your commands promptly. A reward is anything that your dog wants and is willing to work for. Treats are an obvious reward but other rewards could be verbal praise and toys.

Several shorter sessions are usually better than one long one. Training should not involve any negative components or punishment. There should be no shouting, no hitting or smacking, no chain jerking on choke chains or collars, and absolutely no electric shocking.  Each training session should be enjoyable and positive with rewards for jobs well done.

Ten Interesting Dog Facts

  1. Petting dogs is proven to lower the blood pressure of dog owners.
  2. Pets teach us to have more patience with life.
  3. Dyeing your dog’s hair is a bad idea.  Dyes are not good for their skin or fur.
  4. There are an estimated 400 million dogs in the world.
  5. Always brush your dog against the lay of the coat. You’ll be surprised at how fluffy the coat will look.
  6. Brushing your pet every day will keep their coat in good condition.
  7. The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.
  8. Pets teach us to enjoy the simple things.
  9. Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.
  10.  Tepezcohuite works with your dog’s body to help build new skin and a healthy coat after injury.  Tepezcohuite is a main ingredient in K9KlearUp.

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Product Recommendation: Pet Chef Express

logoPet Chef Express is one of the products we recommend.   Pet Chef Express provides high quality cat and dog food with no artificial colours, flavors or preservatives.  Every ingredient is human grade.

Pet Chef Express offers pets a high quality, natural-based diet that exceeds AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) nutrient guidelines.  Pet Chef Express offers a Salmon and Potato Blend for dogs. This blend of food has wild Pacific Salmon caught from Canadian waters as its primary ingredient. It is also fortified with wholesome ingredients such as salmon oil, carrot, potato, garlic, flax and eggs. Other products also follow with the same level of quality and nutrition.

Pet Chef Express offers free home delivery in many areas.  For more information visit their website. http://www.petchef.ca/

 

How to Crate Train Your Dog

123RF-5908313_sDogs are naturally den animals so crating your dog can be good for your dog.  To determine if crating is right for your dog, try crating your dog and see how he takes to it.  However, remember that it can take some time for your dog to get used to and accept the crate.

The first step in getting your dog to understand the concept of the crate is getting him to understand that being inside of the crate is a good thing and an action that brings him rewards.

To get him into the crate, sit near the crate and hold your hand as far inside of the crate as you can (holding a treat) and wait for him to go into the crate. Once he reaches your hand, give him the treat and then pull your hand out. If he pops right out of the crate, do nothing. Don’t say anything, and whatever you do, do NOT give him a treat outside of the crate.

Once your dog starts to understand that he gets rewarded for being inside the crate, start adding a word to this action. You might want to use the word “crate” or “bed”.  Don’t introduce this command word to try and teach him to get into the crate. Until he is taught what the word means, it has no meaning for him.

Place your hand holding the treat inside the crate and say “CRATE”. When he enters the crate and all four feet are inside of the crate, reward him with a verbal “Good Boy” and the treat. When you pull your hand out of the crate, more than likely the dog will follow your hand out.  Ignore him, put another treat into your hand, and place your hand back into the crate and say “CRATE”. He will follow your hand into the crate.  Repeat the reward process. Once this action is clear to your dog, try to use only the verbal cue, “CRATE” and see if he enters the crate. Begin by doing this while you are standing near the crate door. Later you will be able to do this from a distance.