Tips to Prepare Your Dog for the Holidays

The holiday season is one most of us look forward to – from the parties to the travel to the gifts, the holidays are full of excitement. For a dog, though, the holidays can be nerve-wracking. Lots of sudden movement, changes in eating and sleep schedule, and new people and smells can overwhelm pets that don’t know what’s going on. As you get ready for the festivities, don’t forget that Fido could do with a bit of help himself. Here are a few tips to prepare your dog for the holidays. Find a Sitter or Kennel If it’s not feasible to bring your pet along on your holiday travels, take the time to look into a great pet sitter or kennel. Professional pet sitters can be hired to feed and walk your dog during the day and even stay overnight if needed. Kennels might be more expensive, but they’ll have 24/7 access to your pet, and you can be assured that employees are experienced in taking care of all sorts of pets. Make Travel Easy If your furry friend is joining you on your holiday travels, make it easy on them by planning ahead. A holiday road trip to visit family can be fun, but make sure your dog is ready for it. If your pup isn’t comfortable in the car, take the time to train him well before the trip. Get him used to being in the car for short drives first. When you do head out on the trip, bring along toys, treats, or any vet-recommended motion sickness medication to ensure an anxiety-free ride. Give Him a...

How Can I Teach My Dog His/Her Name?

One of the first things you should teach a new four-legged family member is their own name. Making sure your dog knows his or her own name is a crucial step in building a bond and beginning obedience training. That said, the process can be quite challenging. Here are a few things to know about teaching your dog her name. Limit Distractions Your dog is learning a new sound and doesn’t know what it means yet. Your end goal is to get her to recognize her name and pay attention when called. To begin, get your dog used to hearing her name. Start in a room with no distractions so she can focus. Keep away any toys she might have and limit interactions with other household members during training. Be Happy Dogs respond more to the way we say things rather than what we say. To take advantage of their ear for tone, begin by saying your dog’s name in a happy tone of voice or with excitement. Your dog will then associate the fun and excitement you seem to be having with their name. Give her a few pets or cuddles while saying her name, too. Give Treats Treats are the best way to encourage good behavior and discipline in your new furry friend. You should have ready a bag or pouch with several small treat bites. Look for training treats that are already bite-size, or break larger treats into small pieces. You may have to give less food at dinner to make up for these calories. When your pup looks at you, say her name with excitement,...

Should I Let My Dog Sleep All Day?

When you’ve just added a new canine member to the family, it can be challenging to know what they need right away. You’ll probably have to experiment when it comes to toys, playtime, eating, and walking routines. When it comes to sleep, it’s hard to know just what each dog needs. Some puppies seem like they sleep all day, while others hardly get any shut-eye at all. If you’re concerned about your pup’s sleep schedule and are wondering if you should let your dog sleep all day, read on for more information. Why Do I Need to Worry About My Dog’s Sleep? A dog will get his best rest when he is comfortable and relaxed. Your dog’s sleep habits could clue you in on a few things that your dog might need. As you pay careful attention to any changes in their nighttime behavior, you’ll likely see a few changes that would benefit your dog’s sleep. We’ll talk more about those changes in feeding and bathroom breaks that could help you and your dog get better sleep. Does My Dog Need a Sleep Schedule? Experts agree that many dogs don’t need a sleep schedule if they can self-regulate reasonably well. Some dogs prefer to sleep late and can go up to twelve hours without needing to relieve themselves or eat breakfast. Other dogs may start misbehaving if they don’t have a regular schedule. When in doubt, putting your dog on a sleep schedule that you’ll stick to is a good choice. How Much Sleep Does My Dog Need? In general, dogs sleep a lot more than humans. They can...

Why is My Dog Not Eating?

When it comes to dogs, it can be challenging to know when something is wrong or if they are sick. One of the most obvious signs that something might be up is if your pet stops eating. Even then, it can be difficult to know just what the issue is. If you’ve noticed your dog not eating as much as usual or not eating at all, here are a few common reasons that might be causing the loss of appetite.  Recent Vaccinations If you’ve visited the vet recently to get your pup all caught up on his vaccinations, this could be a reason why he’s not eating. Some of our furry friends can have adverse reactions to the injection, including lethargy and appetite loss. Don’t worry, though, these effects are usually relatively mild and short-lived, so your dog can get back to normal in just a couple of days.  Nerves Dogs usually have to feel pretty comfortable to have a good appetite. Just like humans, some of them can lose their appetite if they are feeling nervous. If you’ve recently moved, your pup might just be wary of being in a new location with unfamiliar surroundings. Give him a couple days to adjust to the new place, and he’ll be eating normally soon.  Another cause for nerves could be an event that shook him up a bit. Sometimes interacting with new dogs or people can set your pet a little on edge, making it hard for him to be comfortable enough to eat. If he’s recently had a strange encounter with strangers, make sure to give him lots of...

Understanding Normal Puppy Behaviors

So you just got your first puppy… Congratulations! You’re in for an exciting adventure as you get to know your new furry friend. However, it’s not all fun and games right away – First you’ll need to ensure you have all the necessary items your puppy will need to get comfortable in your home. Next, it’s your responsibility to start teaching your pup good behaviors from the start. Training a new puppy can be a challenging task that involves a great deal of patience and a good attitude. Since puppies can exhibit some frustrating behaviors, it’s crucial that you know how to deal with them. If you’re a new pet owner or haven’t trained a puppy in a while, it can be challenging to know what’s normal and what you can expect of them. Here are a few very ordinary things that puppies do and how you can train them to master those behaviors.  Biting and Chewing If you’ve ever been bitten by a very young pup, you know that their tiny teeth can be quite sharp! They can also do a bit of damage to furniture, shoes, and books if left alone. But chewing on things isn’t really a problem behavior – just as human babies go through a teething period, puppies also are working on bringing their teeth out. Instead of scolding him for chewing, redirect his chewing to proper items like toys and treats. If the puppy starts nibbling your fingers while you’re petting him, say “ouch” or “no” loudly and stop giving him attention. He’ll quickly learn to play nice if he wants to play...
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