Raising & Training a New Puppy During Quarantine

Many people have chosen to adopt a puppy or dog during this quarantine, as there were many dogs in need of shelter. Additionally, there’s probably been a lot of added benefits of his companionship for you during this time! The puppy snuggles and emotional boost that a furry friend can give may be just what you needed during this time of isolation. Getting a new puppy is such an exciting time; however, it’s a lot of work. Between the 2am bathroom trips, training him to learn important commands, and making sure he’s getting enough exercise, sleep, and food, it can be a lot. Add in the extra stressors and challenges of the global pandemic, and it makes raising a new puppy during quarantine difficult. Important parts of raising your puppy, such as socialization with other dogs and humans, taking part in group training classes, and veterinarian visits to stay on track with vaccinations, are all significantly tougher during this time with the regulations that are put in place. So, how can you raise a puppy during this time, while preparing him for “normal” life after quarantine? We have some tips! Staying on Schedule for Vaccinations Many veterinarians are altering their protocols to comply with safety regulations, but it’s crucial that you’re still making it a priority to get your dog in for regular visits to stay on track with vaccinations. Missing vaccinations can make him more prone to diseases such as rabies, parvovirus, and beyond. Many vets are offering curbside drop-offs for appointments, to limit the contact between humans. Work with your dog’s vet to find accommodations that work...

Fun Ways to Bond With Your Dog During Quarantine

Being cooped up inside our houses every day may not be ideal, but while it has become our reality at the moment, we might as well make the most of it! After all, there may be someone who’s excited about all this extra time you’re spending at home… Your dog! While you have plenty of extra time, this is a great opportunity to bond with your dog. Spend some quality time together that you may not otherwise get to during your typical busy schedule. Here are some fun ideas to start bonding with your dog during quarantine! Play Games & Exercise Chances are, you could both use a little more exercise during this time! If the parks in your community are closed, he may not be running around as much as he used to, but you can still take him on plenty of long walks where it is safe to do so. You can also play games in your yard or home such as hide and seek. Try setting up a makeshift obstacle course some mental and physical exercise! Homemade Dog Toys This one will keep you both entertained for a bit! Instead of ordering new toys off Amazon, which may have a delay in shipping, why not try your hand at making some homemade toys with all supplies that you’ll have already in your house! Using just old t-shirts, tennis balls, and scissors, you can make some fun new toys for free. After all, why spend money on toys that he’ll just rip apart in the matter or minutes. Cook for Him It’s no secret that dogs love...

Building Confidence in Your Dog or Puppy

A confident dog is one that will be able to encounter other dogs and humans without barking too much or engaging in fights—which means that it’s a good idea to invest in your dog’s confidence! Let’s discuss good habits to form to help increase the confidence of your dog or puppy. Start Early The adage ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ might not be true, but it’s certainly easier the earlier you begin to adapt your puppy to the facts of life. While being gentle and cognizant of your puppy’s abilities, start taking them on walks and going out to do new things to broaden his horizons and teach him about the world!  Take Them to Puppy Classes  Going to puppy classes to instill a little bit of order in his life will do wonders for your puppy. Dogs need some form of command and obedience in their life—it literally helps their brains sort through their experiences more evenly, and helps them be less stressed. Again, starting early will help—and a group class setting will socialize them, which will also give them more confidence. Mindfully Go to Dog Parks as They’re Ready Dog parks can be overstimulating. However, they can also teach your dog valuable lessons about his size, his place in the pack, and simply how to have fun (instead of being aggressive) with other dogs. However, if your dog shows signs of stress or fear, don’t hesitate to ramp up to this activity instead of springing it on your dog.  Understand That It Might Not Go as Planned As you’re trying to instill confidence, work...

5 Habits of Effective Dog Owners

Having a dog is both a privilege and a responsibility. While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the puppy dog eyes and kisses, as a pet owner, it’s your job to make sure you do the right things to ensure the health of your furry friend! However, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do to ensure that you are able to enjoy the benefits of being the owner to a happy and healthy pup. That said, it all starts with you! Here’s what you need to know about the top 5 habits of an effective dog owner.  1. Train Proactively When you’re trying to introduce your dog to new, desirable habits such as staying quiet until you wake up and going to the bathroom in the correct place, it’s important to show your dog what you want them to do as well as react strongly to poor behavior. For example, when you’re coming in from a walk, waiting outside until your dog goes to the bathroom instead of going straight inside will help your dog form a natural, dependable rhythm. 2. Keep the End Goal in Mind If you want your dog to stop barking whenever the mailman goes by, remember that they’re just reacting to an environmental stimulus and—unless you give them another option—that’s what they’re built to do! Instead, think along the lines of, “I want them to play or sit quietly when the mailman is here”—and train towards that, instead of simply reacting negatively when they bark. 3. Prioritize Perspective If your dog has some less than desirable behaviors but is still...

Training Your Puppy to Stop Chewing

Like babies, puppies use their mouth to chew anything and everything that crosses path with them. In fact, to puppies, the entire world is a chew toy. If these puppies only chew their toys, then we wouldn’t be having any problem with them.  They go on to chew your shoes, furniture, and anything they can get their mouth on. Aside from destroying things in your home, your puppy can also chew things that can harm it or lead to its death. To train your puppy to stop chewing requires time and consistent effort. Before we delve into training your puppy to prevent chewing, lets us consider why puppies chew in the first place. Why Puppies Chew Chewing is a typical behavioral trait for puppies and dogs in general. There are multiple reasons why puppies chew, and they include relieving anxiety, strengthening their jaw, getting rid of boredom, etc. As social animals, dogs need stimulation for the good of their mental health. When you fail to exercise your puppy enough or provide it with the required one-on-one time, your puppy can divert its attention to chewing inappropriate things.  Tips On How To Train Your Puppy To Not Chew Create Puppy-Barriers in Your Home It would help if you did not allow your puppy to have full run access in your home unless it is thoroughly trained. Decide on the areas that your puppy will be allowed to play and then puppy-proof your home. You will have to pick and remove those materials that might appeal to your puppy to chew. Make Toys Available for Your Puppy Puppies chew to ease...

Is Dog Day Care Necessary For My Dog?

With the ever-demanding workplace and more hours at work, we are spending less time with our dogs. Although some dogs might decide to sleep and await your arrival, some need something extra. Doggy Daycare is a place to provide the extra spark for your dog while you are off to work. It doesn’t matter how often you drop your dog at such daycare. What matters most is whether your dog will thrive in such an environment. Before you decide to send your dog off to a Doggy Daycare, know how your dog responds to such an environment. Without any doubt, dog daycare necessary for your dog for many reasons which include but not limited to: For Your Dog to Learn Socialization Skills The fact that dogs are social animals means that it will be counterproductive always to lock them in the house while you are off to work. Your dog needs to b around other dogs to learn how to act properly and play very well with others.  Good and Proper Exercise for Your dog As you must have noticed, your dog is always happy and full of energy whenever it welcomes you from your work. The dog is in the mood to play while you are thinking of taking your shower and jumping into the bed. Knowing the benefits inherent in properly exercising your dog, you can see why dog daycare is necessary. Not Having to Worry About Bathroom Breaks  Bathroom breaks are one less thing to worry about your dog if you have it enrolled in a dog daycare. While your dog has been home all day,...
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