Need Help with House-training?

Housetraining is one of the most sought out topics for dog training, and rightfully so. Training a pet to relieve themselves in the right places is no easy task.

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Successful housetraining is a combination of 4 major things:

1. Containment
Crate training is popular for pets who are not being directly supervised. Another option is to tie a leash to your dog and link it to your belt loop, so your dog is with you at all times. This makes it easy for you to quickly move your dog outside if they start to eliminate in the house.

2. Schedule
Most pets, especially young ones, eliminate a few minutes before or after they eat or drink.

Puppies will typically need to eliminate:

  • When they first wake up in the morning
  • After a play session (or even sometimes during!)
  • After a nap
  • Just after drinking
  • Just before or just after he eats
  • After chewing on a bone or chew toy
  • If he hasn’t been out for an hour or two

3. Odor Removal
When your dog eliminates in the house, the most important thing is to remove all traces of the odor, or the dog will continue to eliminate in the spot. Use products sold specifically to eliminate pet urine and feces odors that you can purchase at most pet supply shops. Nature’s Miracle and Simple Solution are two brand names for such products.

4. Praise
Always praise your dog enthusiastically when he eliminates in the correct place, as this will let him know that he is doing the right thing by going outside. If you want him to eliminate in a certain area of the yard, bring him out to this area on leash and wait for him to eliminate. You can add in a “Go Potty!” cue while he is eliminating so he can associate this cue with his bodily function.

 

10 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer

Summertime is filled with beach trips, fun holiday celebrations, and warm-sunshiny days. Along with all the wonderful things Summer brings, there are additional precautions you must take for your pets.

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  1. Never leave your pets in your vehicle.
  2. Do not walk dogs or allow them to exercise or play hard during the very hot weather.
  3. Don’t forget, your pets have delicate skin in the sun. Use sunscreen, especially to protect pets with white fur.
  4. Know the signs of heat exhaustion.
  5. Keep your pets cool indoors when necessary.
  6. During the summer, more time is spent outside—often without the use of a leash. Always be mindful of leash laws and your pet’s recall ability.
  7. Watch pets closely around open windows and when on open-air balconies.
  8. Be mindful of water safety for your pets.
  9. Don’t let cookouts and summer parties turn into bad experiences for your pets. Ensure they’re not overwhelmed by crowds.
  10. Be aware of hazards in your garden and garage. Check your yard for Bufo Toads and snakes before letting pets out.

Preparing for Your Pet Sitter

So you’re all ready for your trip! You have your hotel booked, flights scheduled, suitcase packed, and visits scheduled with a Professional Pet Sitter.

Now that you have your visits booked with a Professional Pet Sitter, you can travel with peace of mind. To make sure your pet sitter has all the necessities to take the best care of your pet, check off the items on this handy list before you leave home.

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Preparation

  • Notify your veterinarian in writing that a pet sitter will be caring for your pet and authorize vet to extend medical care during your absence if necessary.
  • Provide verification that your pet is up-to-date on it’s shots and wearing current identification and vaccination tags.
  • Be sure to tell your pet sitter about any unusual habits your bet has while you’re away. I.e. destructive behavior when left alone, change in bowel or eating habits, hiding places, etc.

Pet Proof Your Home

  • Remove candy and nuts from coffee tables or locations where a pet can reach them. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and nuts can be dangerous as well.
  • See that medications are locked up. The sound of pills rattling in a plastic bottle may entice a pet to chew the bottle open.
  • Make sure cupboards and storage areas (garage) are secured. A bored or determined dog can go “where they’ve never gone before.”

Home Security

  • Make sure your pet sitter is aware of anyone who may be on your premises or entering your home during the pet-sitting assignment.
  • Use timers on interior lights and program them to turn on at dusk and off at bedtime.
  • Use motion sensors on exterior lights. If evening visits are scheduled to your home, the pet sitter will really appreciate this safety precaution!
  • Inform your watchful neighbors of your absence and use of a pet sitter.

Then, relax and enjoy the trip – knowing your companion animals are in good hands!