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The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

Planning a Summer Vacation? The Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

Summer vacation is right around the corner – finally! But wait, who is going to take care of Buster and Garfield? Finding the perfect person to take care of your four-legged friends when you are away from home can prove to be quite the chore. Some people don’t feel comfortable taking their pets to a boarding facility and will stop at nothing to find the perfect pet-sitter to stay in their home and provide quality care. Let’s talk about why hiring a pet sitter is the best option for you and your pet.

8 Benefits of Hiring a Pet Sitter

  1. Your pet can stay in their own environment – The sudden change of environment that comes with taking your pet to a boarding facility can cause your pet unnecessary stress and anxiety. Hiring a pet sitter to stay in your home eliminates this unnecessary stress.
  2. Continuing your pet’s normal diet and routine – Professional pet sitters can cater to specific diets and routines that you pet may be on – even the really complicated ones.
  3. Daily exercise for your pet – Does your pet require a lot of exercise? Sometimes with boarding facilities, you aren’t really sure how much exercise your pet may be getting. Your hired pet sitter is focused only on your pet, verses an entire facility of other pets, so your pet is likely to get the exercise that they need.
  4. Lots of love and affection – Extended amounts of time away from their owner is stressful enough for your pet and chances are they will need extra attention while you’re gone – hiring a pet sitter is the perfect way to ensure that your pet gets the extra attention that they will need.

Benefits for the Pet Owner

  1. Peace of mind – The peace of knowing that your pet is being cared for by a loving professional is worth its weight in gold. If you take your pet to a boarding facility and are feeling uneasy about it, vacation won’t really feel like vacation anymore.
  2. Not burdening friends and family – By hiring a professional pet sitter, you eliminate having to ask your friends and family to do it – again. I’m sure you can’t imagine why they wouldn’t love caring for your adorable pet though, right?
  3. Frequent updates on your furry friend – This is one of our personal favorites. Who doesn’t love getting adorable picture updates of your four-legged friend while on vacation? Trust me, everyone loves that. Not only does it brighten your day, but it is a constant reassurance that your pet is being properly cared for while you are gone.
  4. Pet sitter and house sitter all in one – Hiring a pet sitter also has benefits that are completely unrelated to your pet. Do you have plants that need watered? Mail to be retrieved? A pet sitter can also ensure that everything in your house is running smoothly while you are gone.

Show Your Appreciation

Finding a pet sitter that you can trust is worth the rate that you are paying them, but it’s nice to show a little appreciation that goes beyond the check you are writing them. Here are some tips to show your appreciation and keep your pet sitter wanting to come back again.

»     Book your pet sitter’s services as far in advance as possible – give them proper time to prepare leaving their home to come to yours.

»     Make them feel at home – if you know of any certain foods or drinks that your pet sitter likes, conveniently have some available in the fridge and pantry. They will take note and appreciate the gesture.

»     Depending on the relationship that you have developed with your pet sitter, they may appreciate an occasional snapshot of your pet doing something adorable.

»     Give them a social media shout out – If you know that your pet sitter is actively seeking business, they will surely appreciate a social media shout out letting everyone know what a great sitter they are.

Are you convinced that hiring a pet sitter is the way to go? We promise you won’t regret it, but no one will be happier about it than your pet. They sure hate it when you have to leave, but they are thankful to be at home, cozied up in their bed – or yours, while you’re gone.

Dog Park Etiquette: Playing by the Unwritten Rules

Dog parks – the social scene of the dog world. Taking your dog to a dog park is a great addition to their exercise routine and a great way for your dog to maintain healthy socialization skills. However, there is proper etiquette to be considered when visiting the dog park. If you want the other dogs to wag their tails in approval and the other dog parents to greet you with a smile, then there are certain rules that should be followed – here is a list of ‘Dos & Don’ts’ to follow at the dog park.


5 Dog Park Do(s)
Here are some tips that are guaranteed to help you and your dog both win the popularity vote at the dog park.

-Scoop the poop.

This one is first on the list because it is THAT important. If you aren’t cleaning up after your dog poops in the park then you are probably on someone else’s list – a blacklist. If you really want to earn some brownie points, pick up any other dog’s messes that have been left behind.

-Exercise first, dog park second.

Taking your dog to the dog park should not be their primary source of exercise – it should supplement an already existing exercise routine. In fact, the proper thing to do is to exercise your dog before taking him to the dog park, in order to release any pent up energy that could affect his behavior at the park.

-Supervise your dog while at the park.

Let’s be honest – we’ve all seen the dog owner at the park who sits on the bench and stares at their smartphone while their dog terrorizes all of the other dogs at the park. Don’t be this person.

-Leave the kids at home.

We know that your kids probably love their dog and a trip to the dog park probably sounds like a dream come true to them, but the dog park isn’t really a place for small children. There is a lot of heightened interaction going on between dogs at the park and not all dogs are crazy about kids.

-Be cautious about handing out treats.

If you are using treats for training purposes while at the park, be sure that there are no other dogs in close proximity to you. The best advice would be to skip the treats until after you have left the park to avoid any unnecessary confrontations and don’t ever give treats out to a dog other than your own. Does your dog like Wellness treats?

5 Dog Park Don’t(s)

It is important to always promote peaceful and pleasant interactions at the dog park so that everyone can enjoy their visit to the park. There are certain things that you just shouldn’t do while at the park with your dog.

DON’T bring a sick or unvaccinated dog to the park.

If your dog is sick, not up to date on vaccinations, or if you are unsure of your dog’s current health status, leave them at home until you know that your dog isn’t capable of spreading disease at the park.

DON’T allow your dog to bully other dogs.

If you notice that your dog is causing problems or is being the dog park bully, remove them from the park immediately.

DON’T bring your BLT to the dog park.

Never bring human food into the dog park – we shouldn’t have to explain the problems that this could create.

DON’T bring a dog to the park who doesn’t respond to verbal commands.

Does your dog come when they are called? Do they respond to your commands? These are basic training skills that your dog should have before turning them loose at the dog park. First things first.

DON’T keep your dog on a leash in a ‘no-leash’ dog park.

It doesn’t really make much sense to take your dog to the dog park if you plan to keep them on a leash the entire time. Plus, it can present safety issues for other dogs, especially if you are using a retractable leash.

Are you ready for your next trip to the dog park? Brush up on your dog body language signals so that you know how to recognize signs of trouble. A little dog park etiquette can go a long way to making the dog park a happy place for both pets and owners!

Benefits of Crate Training Your Dog

Many people refuse to crate or kennel-train their dogs because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, a crate or kennel can give dogs a sense of security. Crate training done properly is also a highly effective management system that can be a lifesaver for dog owners. Like any training method, crating can be abused, but using a crate for appropriate time periods is helpful with a variety of important goals, including house training, preventing destructive behavior, and teaching a dog to settle and relax.

The Crate Can Become a Safe Haven for Your Dog

If a dog is taught through positive reinforcement to love the crate, the crate then becomes his own private safe haven, much like a bedroom for a child. The crate or kennel is somewhere that your dog can go and not be bothered, which is the perfect solution when your dog is tired or nervous. Being that dogs are natural den animals, they often will take to a crate very easily with the proper training.

Crate Training Benefits

What can crate training do for you? Plenty. The benefits of crate training extend to both you and your dog.

  • A crate that is sized properly encourages a dog’s instinct not to mess where he sleeps, helping your dog control his bladder – and preventing you from cleaning up after them. So, basically the crate is like a super duper house training tool.
  • Using a crate is a great way to keep your dog from getting into mischief when you can’t supervise them directly. If you are busy cooking, doing some work from home, or any other time that your attention is elsewhere, it can be the perfect time for your dog to spend some down time in their crate.
  • Speaking of down time, crate training is a good way to train your dog to expect and enjoy time alone and conditions relaxed behavior. Once your dog is properly trained, he will come to appreciate the time spent in the crate.

Choosing the Right Crate

There are many varieties of crates out there to choose from and it can be a bit overwhelming at first trying to decide on which crate is right for your dog. The most common crate varieties are wire crates, plastic crates, and fabric crates.

  • Fabric crates are recommended more for travel use than for long-term, unsupervised confinement.
  • The best crates to have in your home are usually the plastic or wire crates. These crates are sturdier and are best for long-term confinement.

The other thing to consider when choosing a crate for your dog is the size of the crate. Some people are inclined to choose a large crate to give their dog lots of room. However, if you pick a crate that is too large in size, your dog may use a portion of the crate as a toilet.

  • You want to pick a crate that is just large enough for your dog to stand up, make a complete turn, and lay back down comfortably.

Make the Crate a Happy Place

A dog should always be introduced to a crate gradually. Forcing your dog too quickly into crate training can backfire. The ultimate goal is to make the crate a happy place for your dog. So, how can you do that?

  • Start placing some of your dog’s favorite items into the crate, leaving the door open for him to come in and out. For example, toss a treat into the crate and allow your dog to go in and get the treat at his own pace.
  • Place your dog’s favorite toys or toy basket into the crate and allow your dog to go in to retrieve the toys.
  • At feeding time, place your dog’s food bowl in the crate and allow him to eat in his new safe haven.

Be consistent in doing these things and allowing your dog to become acclimated to his crate at his own pace. It is also a good idea to place a favorite bed or blanket into the crate to make things more familiar to him. Once you get your dog properly crate trained, you will wonder how you {or your dog} ever lived without it. Don’t take our word for it – start the crate training process with your dog today!

How to Name Your New Cat

The Difference in Cat Names and Dog Names

In general, the most popular dog names are usually names that pet owners would give themselves or their children. Human dog names are all the rage right now. However, cats are their own breed of pet – literally and figuratively. Every cat lover knows that a cat’s personality is typically unmatched, and because of that they are usually given more creative names, and these names can be inspired by a variety of different things.

Choosing a Name

Not sure where to start with finding the perfect name for your cat? Not to worry – you don’t have to pick a name immediately. Consider observing your new kitty’s behavior and personality for a few days and see if any names come to mind naturally. However, keep these tips in mind –

  • Pick a name that you will be proud to call in front of others. You don’t want to be embarrassed to call your cat in front of guests.
  • Choose a name that your cat will easily recognize.
  • Choose a name that will be just as appropriate once your kitty is full-grown.
  • Experiment with a few names and see how your cat responds – he/she may choose the right name for you!

Personality Inspired Names

This is generally a popular route for choosing a cat name. Your new cat’s personality is sure to inspire some ideas for the perfect name. You may choose a name that is directly related to their personality, such as Sassy or Princess, or maybe your cat’s personality reminds you of a character out of a movie or book, such as Simba or Garfield.

Appearance Inspired Names

Does your new cat or kitten look like he is wearing socks, or do his markings make him look like a baby tiger? Those are just a couple of things that can inspire the perfect name. Names like Socks, Tigger, Sooty and Bunny are all popular names that can be inspired simply by a cat’s appearance. Again, your cat’s appearance can also inspire character related names from your favorite books or movies.

Owner Inspired Names

Another popular way to choose a name for your cat is to name him/her after something that you love. A lot of cat names are actually inspired by their owner’s personalities and there is nothing wrong with that!

  • Do you love to drink wine? What about Merlot, Pinot, Champ or Champagne for the perfect name?
  • Are you a lover of literature? What about Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird), Romeo or Juliet, Jane (Jane Austen) or any other name that reflects your favorite author or character?
  • Fashion inspired cat names are pretty popular as well. If you are a lover of all things fashion, consider names of your favorite designers.
  • The lists could go on and on!

Try Out a Cat Name Generator

Did you know that these things existed? It’s no surprise that you can turn to the internet for help with choosing your cat’s name. These Cat Name Generators allow you to narrow your search according to specific characteristics of your cat, and then will generate a list of options for you. There are so many different websites available, but this is one that we found to be pretty helpful.

Are you ready to find the perfect name for your cat? We hope that this article has been helpful in inspiring some ideas and that you are one step closer to naming your new furry friend!

How to Groom Your Cat

Cats are known for being mostly independent and self-sufficient, but they still require their share of tender love and care. They do an impressive job of being self-groomers, but they also need a little help with their beauty routine to keep their fur in great shape and their toenails trimmed. Grooming your cat doesn’t have to be considered a chore; consider it quality time with your pet that has additional benefits! With the proper tools and routine, your cat will enjoy being brushed and groomed and will likely be more sociable as a result.

Start Them Young

If you have a kitten on your hands, it’s best to start grooming them now so that they will grow up to enjoy it. While young kittens do not shed, they will still enjoy being brushed with a very soft brush and they will benefit from the interaction. It’s also a good idea to play with them by touching their paws and massaging their paw pads – this will set the tone for when they are older and need regular manicures.

  • Even if you have adopted an older cat, the same touch and feel routine applies. Some cats may not have been conditioned to certain kinds of human interaction, so it may take them a little longer to feel comfortable with hands-on attention.

Incorporate Grooming into Their Normal Routine

If you want grooming to eventually become a pleasant experience for you and your cat, it is necessary to incorporate it into their routine. Schedule a time once a week for grooming your cat and eventually it will become quality time that both you and your cat will look forward to.

  • Cats with longer hair may require daily brushing to keep their fur from matting, which it can do quickly. It may be beneficial to start slow, though, and work up to daily brushes once your cat has become comfortable with the process.

Invest in Quality Products

The right grooming tools will make all the difference in a pleasant grooming experience for you and your cat. It is definitely worth investing in good, quality products. What grooming tools do you need? Here is a list of products that you may need.

  • Be sure to introduce your cat or kitten to these products slowly, before diving in to using them. Leave them sitting out near some of your cat’s favorite hang-out spots or bring them out while your cat is sitting comfortably in their bed or on your lap.
  • Expose your cat to the tools several times in a relaxed environment before attempting to use them.
  • Consider purchasing a variety of different brushes so that you can experiment and find the one that your cat prefers.

Find the Right Grooming Spot

Ideally, the best place to groom your cat will be the place that your cat feels the most comfortable. So, why not let your cat choose their favorite grooming spot? This may be in her favorite pet bed or even on your lap. However, if you choose to groom your cat on a hard surface like tile or granite, it’s a good idea to put a towel down so that your cat will have a grip and not be sliding around.

Keep Grooming Sessions Short

It isn’t necessary to try to fit everything into one grooming session, and more than likely your cat wouldn’t allow it anyways. Instead of trying to clean her ears, trim her nails and brush her all in one session, break it up and handle different elements on different days. Your cat will certainly appreciate it.

Find a Partner to Help

Cats aren’t too keen on doing things that they don’t want to do. It’s their world and we’re just living in it, remember? So, especially in the beginning, you will likely need a partner to help you keep your cat calm and still during the grooming process. Rather than strictly holding them down, focus on doing things that will help keep the cat calm, like petting them and talking softly to them. Don’t forget to offer your cat treats during and after grooming sessions!

Checklist of Must Have Products for Your Cat or Kitten

Are you the proud new owner of special cat or kitten? That’s awesome! Cats have the ability to bring a certain kind of love and affection into our lives that no other pet can match. So, what does your cat or kitten need from you? Well, we’re glad that you asked! There is a definite checklist of necessities that your new addition will need in order to thrive in their new loving home.

1.     Identification

Every cat needs to have the proper identification, regardless of whether they are an indoor or outdoor cat. All it takes is an open door for your cat to get curious and dart outside without anyone knowing. Make sure that your cat has a collar with an ID tag and/or a microchip to avoid them getting lost.

2.     Food and water bowls

Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are recommended for food and water, as some pets can have reactions to plastic bowls.

3.     Guide Book

It can’t hurt to pick up an educational book or two that will answer any likely questions you have along the way of caring for your new cat or kitten. These books can be extremely informative and can save you some stress if a problem arises.

4.     Comfy bed

Even though your cat’s favorite spot in the house may end up being a basket on the kitchen counter or maybe even the bathtub (we’re not kidding), it’s nice to provide them with a comfy bed that they can use for the occasional, and by occasional we mean frequent, cat naps.

5.     Litter box(es)

This one is definitely a necessity for obvious reasons. There are different types of litter boxes out there, and your best bet is to just choose the one that you prefer and if your cat doesn’t seem to be responding well to it, experiment with a different type. The key is to make sure that you place your cat’s litter box in a quiet, private spot in the house – cats need privacy, too!

6.     Cat Carrier/Crate

Having the proper cat carrier is essential to be able to safely transport your cat to and from vet appointments as well as for any necessary traveling. Cats typically do not respond well to traveling freely in a vehicle – the carrier will actually make for a more pleasurable experience for your cat.

7.     Scratching Post

One of a cat’s most natural instincts is to scratch. They do this to remove dead nails, mark their territory, and to stretch their bodies. Trust us, your household furniture will suffer in the absence of a proper scratching post, and these products have come a long way! You can even build your cat a luxury resort, complete with plenty of scratching and sleeping areas.

8.     Toys

Cats and kittens are known for their frisky behavior and scheduling playtime is an important part of socializing your new cat or kitten. Make sure to have a few toys available for playtime and if you really want to spice things up (no pun intended), you can sprinkle them with a little catnip!

9.     Grooming Tools

While cats are known for their self-cleaning abilities, they still need a little help from you to keep their beauty routine in check! Make sure you have proper brushes, safety nail clippers and teeth cleaning supplies to use during your scheduled grooming sessions.

10. A Healthy Diet

One of the biggest responsibilities of owning a cat or kitten is providing them with a healthy diet. It is important to pay attention to the ingredients that you are feeding to your pet in order to make sure that they are receiving a healthy, well-balanced diet with the proper nutrition. Wellness Pet Food offers a variety of different healthy recipes for your cat or kitten. Every cat is different and Wellness has a recipe that will cater specifically to your cat or kitten’s needs.

5 Tips for Socializing Your New Kitten

We all want to have a cat that interacts well with other people and pets, right? Socialization is the key to achieving this, and the first four to sixteen weeks of a cat’s life are critical for behavioral and social development. It is important to have a plan for socializing your kitten immediately upon bringing them into your home. Let’s talk about some ways to achieve proper socialization for your new kitten.

Bringing Your Kitten Home

When your kitten first arrives home with you, remember it can all be a bit overwhelming for her. Start by taking her to a quiet place and show her where her bowls and litter boxes are. Give her lots of love and attention – pet her gently and talk to her in a soft, calming voice. Take the time to reassure your kitten that she is in a safe and loving place.

Introducing Your Kitten to Other People

It is important to socialize your kitten with other people as early as possible so that she becomes comfortable around others at an early age. However, make sure that playtimes and meetings are kept short, so your kitten can get plenty of rest.

Playtime with Kids

If you have children, they are naturally going to be overly excited about the arrival of a new kitten. It is your job to teach them how to properly interact with the kitten in a careful and safe manner. It is a good idea to schedule supervised playtime for your kids and the new kitten, so that the kitten becomes comfortable around the kids and you can be there to make sure that the kids are handling her safely.

Interacting with Strangers

It’s a good idea to introduce your kitten to as many people as possible. You want her to be comfortable around strangers, so that she won’t be scared of new people or guests that enter your home. Make sure that when introducing new people to your kitten that they understand the boundaries and don’t scare or overwhelm her with a strong show of affection. If your kitten is properly socialized, she will be less likely to be fearful of strangers as an adult cat.

Interaction with Other Pets in the Home

If you know that you are planning to bring a new kitten into your home, make sure that all other pets in your home are healthy and are up to date on their vaccinations.

If you have multiple other pets in your home, it is best to introduce them to your new kitten one at a time. We suggest keeping them separated for the first encounter, by keeping the kitten in a carrier or separating them with a baby gate.

If there is any sign of aggression, separate them immediately and try again at a later time. Acceptance can definitely take some time, so it is important to be patient. Do not leave your new kitten unsupervised with the other pets until you feel confident in their interaction with one another.

Schedule Play Dates with Other Pets

Even if you don’t have any other pets of your own, it is still important to socialize your kitten with other pets. To make your kitten more comfortable, ask a friend to bring over their dog or cat so that your kitten can interact with them in their own, safe environment. Follow the same rules as before, keeping them separated at first and slowly giving them more freedom to play together.

How to Handle Separation Anxiety

Regardless of how well you socialize your kitten, they can still develop separation anxiety. If your kitten seems to become stressed out by you leaving the house (excessive meowing or soiling the house), it is important to address the issue as soon as possible.

  • Limit the amount of time that you leave your kitten alone as much as possible
  • Be as casual and nonchalant as possible when leaving the house – don’t make a big production
  • Condition your kitten to tolerate short absences by leaving her in a room for short spurts of time and gradually increasing that amount of time as she shows signs of tolerating your absence

When you take the time and devote proper attention to socializing your new kitten, both you and your kitten will reap the benefits in the long run!

New Kitten Owner Guide

Congratulations! If you are reading this, chances are you are either a new owner of an adorable kitten or soon to be, and that is exciting news! Adopting a new kitten carries with it certain responsibilities, so we are here to help make the transition easier for you and your new furry friend. We are going to give you some tips for bringing your new kitten home, getting him properly trained, and making sure that he loves the scratching post more than your household furniture. This is important stuff, folks.

Tips for Adopting and Bringing Home a New Kitten

We are so happy that you made the decision to adopt a kitten, we could squeal! Kittens are such a fun addition to the household and are much more self-sufficient than dogs. However, there are certain responsibilities that come with bringing a new kitten into your home, and we’ve got some tips for you.

  • The drive home – Be sure and keep your kitten in the carrier on the drive home from the shelter. This will be less stressful for both you and the kitten.
  • Arriving home – Set up a starter room for your kitten in a quiet, closed off area of the house. Set the room up with a litter box, comfy bed, scratching post, toys, food and water.
  • Let them adjust – A new home can be overwhelming for your kitten. Give him time to adjust and once he seems relaxed and happy in his starter room, you can open the door and allow him to explore the rest of the house at his own pace.
  • Meeting family members – Allow other family members to have daily short visits with the new kitten in the starter room, one family member at a time. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Meeting other pets – Wait until your kitten is comfortable with his new surroundings before introducing him to the other pets. Keep them separated at first, and again, only one pet at a time.

Training Your New Kitten

It is a popular belief that cats and kittens aren’t trainable, but that is completely false. Cats may not respond to the same training methods that dogs are, but they are still highly trainable animals. Let’s start with the basics.

  • Litterbox training – While the mother cat will begin training her kittens to use the litterbox right away, your kitten may still need some guidance when you bring them to their new home. Start by placing their litterbox in a quiet place (the starter room) and place them into the litterbox at certain times of the day when they would likely need to use it – first thing in the morning and after meals, playtime and waking up from a nap. If they don’t go, that’s fine. The key is getting them adjusted to the box and they will catch on rather quickly!
  • Crate training – Crate training for kittens is often neglected, but can be very beneficial. It can ease separation anxiety and make trips to the vet more pleasant. Place the crate in the starter room with the door open and make it cozy with a blanket or towel. Place the food bowl in the crate so that your kitten will develop a positive association to the crate. Once your kitten in comfortable, close them in for short periods of time and gradually work up to leaving them in the crate while you are out if your cat suffers from separation anxiety.

Teaching Your Kitten to Use Scratching Posts

This is an important tip for obvious reasons – your furniture will thank you for paying attention to this tip! You are already at an advantage by being able to expose your kitten to using scratching posts at a young age, which is a huge help! Here are some tips –

  • Place a scratching post in your kitten’s starter room, so they are exposed from day one.
  • Provide your kitten with both vertical and horizontal scratchers around the house, once they graduate from their starter room.
  • Encourage your kitten to use scratching posts by placing their toys on the post.
  • Sprinkle the scratching posts with catnip, so that your kitten will be drawn to them.
  • If you catch your kitten scratching on the furniture, pick them up and immediately relocate them to one of the posts.

Adopting a new kitten is such an exciting experience! We hope that this article helps you to get off on the right foot and start bonding with your new best friend.

New Dog Owner’s Guide

Taking on the responsibility of a new dog is a major commitment and one that will indeed change your life for the better. There are certain responsibilities that come with owning a dog and caring for them properly. Consider this your “New Dog Starter Kit” to caring for your new dog and keeping him healthy and happy! Your dog will return the favor by bringing an unconditional love into your life that you will be forever grateful for.

Vaccinations

Whether your new dog is a puppy or an adult, there are yearly vaccinations that are recommended. The recommendations vary depending on age, breed and health status of the dog. Upon doing a full checkup and physical examination, your dog’s veterinarian can inform you as to which vaccinations are recommended. It is always recommended that you choose a vet and take your new dog for a full health checkup as soon as possible. Some of the vaccinations that your dog may need are –

  • Rabies – this vaccination is recommended for all dogs and may be given yearly or every 3 years depending on your veterinarian’s preference
  • Parvo – this vaccination is usually recommended for puppies who have a high risk of acquiring parvo
  • Kennel cough – this vaccination is recommended for animals who will be boarded for any length of time and exposed to the illness

It is also recommended that you have your dog micro-chipped, which is the placement of a micro-chip that enables you to locate your dog if he or she were ever lost. This can be done in the vet’s office.

Training Tips

Training is one of the most important parts of owning a dog. You should begin training your new dog as soon as you bring them home. Dogs respond well to discipline and it gives them a sense of security. Here are a few training tips for you and your new dog –

  • Treats – You need to pick out some special treats to reward your dog with when he responds to your command. Rewarding good behavior is one of the most helpful training tips.
  • Consistency – You have to be consistent in your training methods in order to get good results from your dog. Other members of the household should follow these training methods as well.
  • Reward behaviors that you like – make sure behaviors that you don’t like aren’t rewarded.
  • Small steps – Keep training sessions short, and work on one thing at a time. Don’t overwhelm your dog by trying to teach him everything at once.

Feeding

The food that we give to our dogs has a direct effect on their health. You will want to find a brand of food that is packed full of wholesome and natural ingredients that will give your dog the nutrients that he or she needs, without all of the harmful additives.

Another important part of feeding is keeping your dog on a schedule. Try to feed your dog at around the same time each day. This helps your dog’s digestive system to naturally prepare for feeding time and gives your dog a sense of security.

Exercise

Exercise is very important to your dog’s physical and mental health. The amount of exercise that your dog needs is dependent upon the breed. A more active dog may require more vigorous exercise, multiple times a day, while a less active dog may only require one long, leisurely walk per day. Either way, exercise is extremely important to your dog’s health. Dogs with a lack of exercise have been known to have more health problems as well as behavioral problems. Lack of exercise can also cause your dog to become depressed.

These are all things that can help you get started on the right track to taking proper care of your new dog. Your dog is depending on you to provide him with the life that he deserves. If you put in the effort, you will surely reap the benefits – a healthy, happy dog that loves you unconditionally!

Training Your Dog

Training Your Dog

We’ve all been there before – you go to a friend’s house for dinner and you can’t help but notice, not only how much more well-behaved their dog is than yours, but he even knows cool tricks! Meanwhile, you struggle on a daily basis with keeping paw prints off of your clothes, as well as the aforementioned guests’ clothes when it’s your turn to host dinner. Sometimes you aren’t convinced that your dog even knows his name. Well, do not give up hope. It is never too late to start training your dog, and yes, even old dogs can learn new tricks.

The Importance of Training

Training your dog isn’t all about sitting, speaking and playing dead, or impressing your dinner guests. It is an important part of nurturing the relationship between you and your dog for many reasons.

  • All dogs love to please their owners, so by teaching them tricks you are giving them the pleasure of winning your affection.
  • Having a well-trained dog will make your life easier…and both of your lives happier.
  • Pet friendly events are only pet friendly for well-mannered dogs. If your dog ate the turkey at last year’s Thanksgiving gathering, he will probably be left off of the list this year.

Dogs need mental stimulation just as much as they need physical exercise and when you give your dog the things that he needs, you will also reap the rewards.

Cool New Tricks

Just as soon as you started patting yourself of the back for mastering your dog’s newest roll over and play dead trick, you spot your neighbor’s dog doing hand stands on command. Talk about a one-upper! Dogs are taking their intelligence levels to all new highs with some seriously impressive new tricks.

A Whole New Game of Fetch

Would you rather your dog bring you a wet, slobbery tennis ball or a cold beverage out of the fridge? If your dog has already mastered the slobbery tennis ball, then with a little extra training that cold beverage is well within your reach. Or should I say your dog’s reach?

Eco-Friendly Tricks

Humans aren’t the only ones who can participate in saving our environment. Dogs can have a paw in it as well. Once you dedicate different containers to aluminum and plastic, you can train your dog separately for each one and ultimately teach him to recycle. Talk about impressing your dinner guests.

Paw-blic Transportation

Have you ever been driving through your neighborhood and spotted a dog…on a skateboard?! It isn’t as far-fetched as you may think. People all around are teaching their dogs this awesome trick. This trick sounds like a lot of fun, just remember, safety first!

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Dogs of all ages are capable of being trained. Of course, it is usually recommended to get started when they are puppies, but if you fall madly in love with the 5 year old Bulldog mix at your local shelter, go for it! Adult dogs are just as trainable as younger dogs, and we have some tricks, or tips rather, up our own sleeve to get you started.

  • Here is a little secret – adult and senior dogs can be even easier to train than puppies, due to their ability to hold focus for a longer period of time. Housebreaking is also much easier thanks to their matured self-control.
  • The key to success with training is getting started right away. If you adopt an adult or senior dog from a local shelter, training should begin the day you bring them home.
  • Training your adult or senior dog is the perfect way to stimulate their brain, which is something that all dogs need. Senior dogs tend to require more mental stimulation in their older age, especially when their physical abilities begin to diminish.

Even if you have had your dog for years and have just never had the time to devote to the training that your dog may need, start today. It is never too late and it will surely be a gratifying process for both you and your dog. Dogs crave a sense of structure in their lives and structure is one of the many benefits of having a well-trained dog. Want to know an even better benefit? It will be your dog that is the subject of envy at your next dinner party.