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Lost Dog

Brown German Shepherd Running On Green Grass

Dogs May run and get lost for a variety of reasons

What To Do If Your Dog Gets Lost

Before, During and After

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc 

 

As a dog owner, losing your dog is one of the most heartbreaking and frightening things that can happen. Many dogs tend to run off to explore, then are unable to find their way home. They can slip out of leashes, dig their way out of fenced yards, or jump out of vehicles. Finding your dog when he/she is missing or lost is hard, but the following steps can help increase your odds of finding your furry friend.

 

Prevention is First

Step 1 –  Collar/Tag Your Dog

Collar

Get a collar that’s comfortable, and one that your dog can’t remove easily. Collars should always be tight enough to never slip over your dog’s head.  If you dig puts the breaks on, you never want your dog to back out of their collar and take off.  A collar should be snug enough that you can only place TWO fingers in between the neck of your dog and the collar.  Try to pull your dog’s collar up over your dog’s head to see if it will slip off.  Greyhounds and dogs that have slim heads, may do better with a Martingale collar.  You must remember to always grab the part of the collar that tightens the collar and not any other part or it will easily come off your dog.

Identification Tag

Your dog should always wear some kind of identification.  This will make it easy for anyone to notify you if they found your dog. Collar/tag should have your dog’s name, your name, your street address, and your phone number. Some tags are just fine with two phone numbers.  The second phone number can be a friend or relative.

We suggest an engraved tag that slips onto the collar, rather than a tag that attached via a metal ring.  Metal ring tags can get caught and fall off.

In case tags fall off, you can write some information on the dog collar using a permanent marker. Collars can also b embroidered with information as well.

Temporary Tags

If you are going on vacation or traveling for any reason, use a temporary tag.  You can get a tag at any pet store and write your information on it.  It is better then no tag.

Rabies Tag

If your dog also has a rabies tag, this can be traced back to your dog’s veterinarian, and he/she can quickly link the collar/tag information to you, and make contact. This ID alone is not advised, since the animal hospital is not open 24/7/365.  Inevitably, your dog will run off at the most inopportune time.

 

Step 2 –  Microchip Your Dog

In today’s highly technological world, tracking your lost dog has never been easier. Thanks to microchip technology, many people have been reunited with their lost pets. A microchip is a tiny implant between a dog’s shoulder blades, and it contains identifying information which an animal shelter or veterinarian can scan and find whom the dog belongs to. Some pets that have been missing for a very long time have found their way back to loving owner’s.  Another good thing about a microchip is once it is registered in your name, if there was ever a dispute that you owned your dog, a microchip could be used as proof of ownership.

Check your information with the microchip company at least once a year (especially if you move or change phone numbers). If you have made a birth date, do it your pet’s birthday.  You can make one even if you do not know the exact date.  Take the estimated age at time of your pet coming home so you have a year.  Choose a month and day.

Step 3 –  Leash Your Dog

Whenever you are taking your dog for a walk, make sure he is on a leash. Even if your dog is trained, keeping them leashed helps with the unexpected.  NEVER let your dogs run free unsupervised unless, it is in a safe fenced in area.  It is not safe for them or others.

A sturdy 6 foot nylon leash is best for walking.  Put your hand through the loop and grasp the leash (the loop should be around your wrist).  With your other hand, hold the leash taking up the slack as your dog is walking by your side.  This way you have two hands on the leash and the end around your wrist and if your dog bolts you have a lot of control.

We do NOT endorse using any type of retractable Flexi types leashes.  Not only have many been ripped out of people’s hands but have also broken when dogs bolt and people have been injured if the leash wraps around your finger or wrist as the dog is bolting.  This is very dangerous.

 

Step 5 – Train, Train, Train

Research trainers in your area.  Ask if you can sit in on a session to see if you like the trainer and how they teach.  If you feel comfortable with your teacher, you will learn better and get more out of it.  Every trainer teaches in a different way, find one you like.

Obedience training is NOT to teach your dog.  Obedience training is to teach YOU to train your dog.  So, for those that say their dog has flunked obedience…..You must practice and practice.  Obedience training gives you and your dog a platform of communication.  This communication is essential for a wonderful SAFE relationship with your dog.  A trained dog is enjoyable to walk and have around.  But it is more than that, it is SAFE for you and for your pet.

We advise going through a puppy class, then basic obedience and then advanced.  The more training you do, the better and safer your dog will be.

The best thing that can ever be trained is the recall.

 

Step 6 – Spay/Neuter your pets

All pets should be spayed/neutered.  Un-neutered pets are going to escape to do what their hormones are telling them to do.  These pets usually will become lost. They will roam long distances to find a mate.  Spaying/neutering not only makes a happier pet but healthier as well as keeping down over population.

 

Step 7 –  Take Pictures of Your Dog

Today it is very easy to keep our pet photos up to date.  Take full body shots, head close ups, a any special markings.  Make sure the pictures are clear and crisp for identification. In case your dog goes missing, you will need these pictures to create posters and flyers. Include distinct identifying traits in the pictures so as to distinguish your dog from similar dogs. Once you have taken the pictures, consider sharing them with family and friends, in case your computer crashes or phone is stolen. Facebook and icloud also make a good place to store photos.

Step 8 – Treat Training

Buy a can of treats or use a plastic Tupperware container filled with very small treats.  Find a container that makes some good noise when the treats are shaken in it.  Then every time you give your dog a treat, shake the container and say treat time (or whatever you choose, just use the same words).  This will train your dog to come for a treat when he hears the shaking treat container and also your words – treat time!!  This can be used outside as well.
What To Do To Find Your Lost Dog

 

Make a Plan to Act Fast

You have a better chance of finding your dog if you’ve a solid plan AND to have a solid plan when you are not upset and in crisis because your pet is lost.

Create a plan BEFORE something happens.  Know who to call and where to go.  Make a list of the town you live in and all border towns.  The Humane Society of the US recommends notifying everyone within a 60 miles radius.

Know every animal control officer and police station, list phone numbers.  Find out all Animal Hospitals, Animal Shelters and rescues in the above towns, with their contact information.

Make a complete description of your pet in writing, even create a lost poster. Take your time, research what is beneficial to place on posters.  Create this poster to have on hand to print and go.  You probably have a photo app that you can create and keep on hand, just changing the photo every now and then.  Create your poster to stand out.  Include your dog’s picture, breed, color, sex, age, weight, special markings and such other specifications. You can also include contact information like your name, phone number and email.  Have an area on the poster to fill in a few things last minute, such as – Date your dog went missing, Street and city where dog was last seen, description of collar, is your dog dragging a leash or tie out.  If your dog is very shy or has any behavior issues.

 

We suggest not putting your dog’s name on the posters and you may want to include – Do not chase, please contact owner. Why?  Some people may want your dog, so let’s not have your dog go to them by name and if your dog is frightened, having people chase after him will make them more frightened.  It is better to have people contact you with a sighting so you can go and calmly find your dog.

If this dog was adopted – contact the shelter you adopted from.  Many shelters do adopt with microchips and they may be contacted if the dog is found.

 

When your pet runs off 

Step 1 – Calm yourself and Start your search immediately.

The sooner you start searching, the sooner you will find him. You will have a better chance of finding your pet in the first 12 hours. As a matter of fact, some experts say that almost 90% of dogs are found if the dog owner searches right away. Thoroughly check every hiding place in and around your home, bushes, garages, sheds, under porches, etc.  Many pets never leave their owner’s property.

Make sure to have every person searching carrying a leash, just in case.

Bring smelly favorite treats or hot dogs to lure them close.  Also, treats in a can make a lot of noise when shaken and may be heard far and wide.

Invisible Fences

If your pet bolted after something or was chased through your invisible fence, turn it OFF.  This way he can come back in without being zapped.  Never leave any pet unsupervised in an area that only has invisible fence.  It is too easy for someone to steal a pet or another animal (wildlife, too) to come and harm your pet.

 

Step 2 –  Search Your Home First and Alert Your Neighbors

As soon as you think your dog is missing, search all around the house to make sure he is not hiding or sleeping in there. One dog was playing with his ball which rolled into the bathroom and as the dog was playing it went behind the door and the dog pushed the door closed as he was getting his ball!!

Next, alert your neighbors.  Neighbors are a good resource for helping you find your missing dog. Many times, dogs go visiting or your neighbor may have picked him up, or seen him run in a particular direction. Go door to door knocking on every door, and bring a decent picture along for those who may have not met your dog. Also, neighbors with dogs will attract your dog. Ask them to check garages, sheds, under porches.  If your dog became injured by a car or something, they may find a place to hide.

 

Step 3 –  Make Phone Calls, here is where all your research comes in handy

If you have searched in your neighborhood and asked neighbors, now the information you planned ahead for will come in handy. Contact your microchip company to make sure all of your information is up to date.  Call the local animal shelters, animal control agencies, rescue groups, the local police and veterinary offices. Give each of them a description of the dog, along with the dog’s name. Remember to file a lost dog report with every animal shelter within a 30 mile radius of your home (if given enough time dogs can get far, especially the Husky breeds or if they jumped into a car and a person was unaware, they may just let them out where ever when they notice).

I advise to go and visit the shelters as well, and bring photos of the dog. If your dog is missing for a while (I do hope not), visits at least once a week.  Why go and visit if you called and gave a description?  Because sometimes your description and another person’s description may be different.  What you may call brown another may call red.  Even photos can get color a bit off.  Seeing is the best.

 

Step 4 –  Advertise

Here is where your created Poster will come in handy.  Because you have it ready to go, you can print quickly and run to Staples and have a bunch printed up.  Create poster and/or flyers which will stand out. On the flyers, include your dog’s picture, name, breed, color, sex, weight, special markings and such other specifications. You can also include contact information like your name, phone number and email. You can post the flyers at grocery stores, dog parks, traffic intersections, grooming stores, community centers, pet supply stores, veterinary offices, and other locations.

 

Step 5 –  Use Social Media

You can post your lost dog flyer/poster on your social media account to try and get the word out quickly.  Instagram, Twitter and Facebook allow you to post your dog’s picture and spread the word to people you know and other dog lovers.

On Facebook, there are many Lost Pet groups as well.  Keep a list of where you post, so that you can give the good news when your pet is safe at home.  Everyone will want to know!!

 

Step 6 – Make the outside of your house or the last place your dog was seen familiar

Place a favorite blanket, crate, toy, something that has their scent.  You can place some smelly food in a bowl near the blanket or in a crate.

A wildlife cam can be helpful.  Aim it near the blanket and food and check frequently to see if there are any sightings.

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If you are thinking you want to use a trap.  The Concord SPCA rents out traps to use (call for more information).  They will have instructions for you as well.  Remember to never leave that trap unsupervised for very long.  It should be checked regularly, every few hours.  Once trapped, the trapped animal is vulnerable to harm of other animals and people.

 

Step 7 – Use maps

Keep careful documentation of all sightings.  Set out to put flyers in areas of each sighting.  All animals will cross roads, highways, ponds, rivers, etc to get to wherever they think they are going or away from whatever may be chasing them.

 

Step 8 – You see your dog

Once you see your dog, do everything to get him to come to you.  Do not chase him, he may panic and run into traffic or farther away.  Open your car door and say let’s go for a ride or whatever you say.  Shake the treat can.  Sit on the ground and toss treats out.  Try running in the opposite direction to see if he will chase you.

Step 9 – when you capture your dog

Check your dog over for any cuts, punctures. If you notices any trauma, bring to your vet now.  At home, Do not offer your dog alot of food and water.  If they have been stressed or gone for a few days or longer, giving them alot of water and food at once will just make them sick.  Offer a small amount of water and let them just rest.  If they are doing okay after a 15 minutes or so give them a second small portion of water.  If they look okay after a half hour or so, offer them 1/3 of their normal meal.  If they keep that down after an hour, go ahead and give them another third.

If it is morning, I would not give anything except water until dinner, if it is dinner, not until morning. If they seem fine by meal time, then give their regular meal.

I would suggest, taking to your vet, to get your pet completely checked over within the next few days.  Just to make sure that you have not missed anything and your veterinarian may see or find something with their expert eyes.

 

What To Do After Your Pet is Home

Step 1 –  Eliminate Opportunities in the Backyard

One of the most common ways a dog gets lost is when he escapes the yard. Try and close up any escape points in the yard. Make sure you do not have any holes in your yard fence or anywhere else that makes it easy for the dog to escape. Make sure there’s nothing against the fence that your dog can jump onto, and then over the yard fence.

Here is a tip for dogs who dig everywhere.  When you clean up the yard of dog waste, fill the holes that they have dug.  Put some dirt over that.  Dogs generally will not dig in that area again.  They may dig elsewhere and keep filling those holes with dog waste.  After a while, they do stop.  They may pick it up again later and just repeat.

 

Step 2 – Fence your yard if you only have Invisible Fence

Invisible Fence is great but it is only great if your dog does not see anything and bolt out or your dog is not chased out by another dog or bear or a person.  It does not PROTECT your dog.  So, fence your yard with a 6 foot fence or higher.  If you place that fence around the invisible fence, you can prevent your dog from digging under the fence!!  Using both fences will help keep your dog a bit safer.

 

Step 3 –  Make Your Home Welcoming and Comfortable

You should make your home a place your dog likes to be. You can make your home a fun and happy place by; regularly cleaning it, giving your dog a specific area that’s designated for them, playing with your dog regularly, and giving him treats regularly.

Exercise – giving your dog as much exercise as possible helps to wear off that energy.  Play ball or go for a walk.  Give them at least 30-60 minutes of fun exercise a day.  Giving your dog regular exercise helps curb boredom and those who think about escaping.

What if I do not have the time?  We all lead busy lives.  Have you thought of hiring a pet sitter?  Professional Pet Sitting Etc can come to your home every day while you are at work. We can play ball with them, go for a walk and break up the long boring days.  We have lots of different lengths of time to fit most budgets.

 

Step 4 –  Train Your Dog

Dogs with formal obedience training are less likely to go missing. An obedience trained dog is much more likely to stop on command and come back when called, rather than running off. In addition to this, obedience training gives both the dog and the owner more things to do together, thus the dog is much less likely to wander off out of boredom.

Simply said, training your dog gives you both a platform of communication.  It gives boundaries and your dog respects those boundaries when they understand them. It also increases the quality of the relationship when you both understand one another.

We hope that this article was informative and helpful to you.  We want all pets to stay safe and happy.

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Dog Enrichment Games

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Play is Essential to Keep Your Dogs Young and Healthy,

Mentally As Well As Physically

  Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Dogs get bored, and when they do, the results can be very disastrous. Keeping your dog busy with mental stimulation games, as well as social and physical interactions, are crucial for maintaining proper behavioral health. Enrichment games can help relieve the dog’s boredom and stress, and this can make a huge difference in their day to day life. Boredom can be reduced by keeping the dog’s brain busy with mental games, training, and playtime when you are at home, and ensuring the dog gets adequate exercise. Enrichment games do not only reduce stress and end boredom, but they also provide you with a chance to bond with your furry friend. For majority of the dogs, the best type of enrichment games involve interacting with people.

In this article, we are going to give you the best enrichment games for dogs.

 

Trick Training
Dogs love learning new tricks, and even little bursts of brain exercise, can help a dog that’s bored. You can start off with some basic commands and tricks, and only do a couple of minutes of training at ago, with frequent breaks. You can teach you dog easy commands like sit down and paw, and see how quickly the dog can do them. You can add few more fun tricks to keep things interesting. YouTube has lots of trick training videos which you can use. You should stop whenever your dog shows any signs of frustration.

Chase
There are some dogs that love chasing things, but have little or no interest in bringing the objects back to their owners. The Chase enrichment game for dogs is ideal for such dogs. To play this game, you can try tying any one of the dog’s favorite toys to the end of a rope, and attach the other end of the rope to a sturdy stick. Use this stick to drag the dog’s favorite toy around on the floor/ground. Dogs usually find this type of game very exciting, and will chase the moving toy til they are exhausted. Remember to let the dog catch the toy a few times.

 

Hide and Seek
Feeding time is a great opportunity for enrichment games for dogs. You can feed the dog at least 1 meal a day in the food puzzle toys to give his/her jaws and brain the much needed workout. Food puzzle toys are basically sturdy containers, which are usually made of plastic or hard rubber, and can hold treats or food inside but do not give the dogs easy access to what’s inside. They have holes on either side or end, and the dog has to shake, paw, roll, nibble or lick the food puzzle toy in order to get access to the food.

You can make the dog hunt for its’ food by hiding the stuffed food puzzle toys around the house for your dog to discover. Initially, you can hide the food puzzle toys in easy to find areas, and later on when the dog is good at finding them, you can hide them in places which are harder to find. You can vary the foods/treats and also the hiding places to keep the game interesting. The food puzzle toys normally require patience, time and problem solving skills; these type of skills that are great for any dog, and helps them enjoy a quiet time alone. This game also encourages licking and chewing, which can cultivate a calming effect on your dog.

 

Chew Time
Generally, dogs need to chew, and can spend many hours doing it. This helps keep their teeth and jaws strong and clean. They also chew for stimulation, fun, and even to relieve anxiety. Whether you’ve an adult dog or a puppy, it is important to provide him/her with a variety of SAFE attractive chew toys. You can give Kong like toys that can be filled with cheese or peanut butter (place in freezer for even longer play).

 

Scent Games
One of the very best assets of dogs is their nose. Allow the dog to use his/her instinctive skills and sniff, with some scent games. You can start by giving simple scent tasks to bored or frustrated dogs. This game can boost their moods, and also keep their minds alert and active. One type of scent game you can try involves placing soft toys in a properly sealed box with something that’s strong smelling like lavender. After the scent has been fully infused in the sealed box, you can take out the toy and encourage the dog to play with it for a little while so he/she can pick up the scent. Now go and hide the scent infused toy somewhere in the house, and get the dog to search for it. You can add in a cue word like ‘go search’  or “find it”.  When the dog finds the toy, give him/her lots of praise and allow him/her to play with that toy as a reward. Initially, you can start with simple locations, and then gradually make the locations harder as the dog becomes better at the game.

 

Hiring A Pet Sitter

In our busy lives, we sometimes do not have consistent time for ourselves, never mind our pets.  Hiring a pet sitter to come in every day during the week can help your dog mentally and physically.  Getting consistent play time and exercise can help your dog sleep better and be healthier.

Professional Pet Sitting Etc offers this service.  We can come in every day while you are at work and get your dog that much deserved and needed fun and playtime as well as a bathroom break.

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Canine Flu

Avoiding Dog Parks, daycares, etc is one way to prevent your dog from getting the Canine Flu

Could Your Dog Be At Risk For Canine Flu

  Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Canine flu (which is also known as dog flu or canine influenza), is a recently identified respiratory disease in dogs which is caused by a special strain of Type A influenza, which is known to infect dogs, but can’t be transmitted to humans. There are 2 different types of the canine flu, namely H3N8 virus and H3N2 virus.

Canine Influenza Transmission
Canine flu can be transmitted by direct contact with an infected dog, by contact with any contaminated objects/surfaces, and by people moving between the infected and the uninfected dogs. Therefore, the dog owners whose dogs are showing signs and symptoms of the canine flu illness shouldn’t participate in group activities with their dogs, or bring the dogs to places where other uninfected dogs can get exposed to the canine flu virus. Surfaces, clothing, equipment, and hands need to be properly cleaned and disinfected after any kind of exposure to dogs showing signs of the canine flu illness.

Signs and Symptoms of Canine Flu
The most common symptoms of canine flu tend to be somewhat similar to the flu symptoms which are typically found in humans. These can include, but not limited to; fever, runny nose, lethargy (or tiredness), rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, coughing, lack of appetite, discharge form the nose, green or cloudy discharge from the eyes, sneezing, among others. But unlike in the cases of human flu, not every canine with the flu shows signs and symptoms of the disease, although they still can transmit the disease to uninfected dogs. The severity of the illness can vary from showing no symptoms at all, to a serious illness which can lead to pneumonia, and even at times death.

Treatment of Canine Flu
Treatment of canine flu is mainly symptomatic. If your dog has a milder form of the illness, certain medications can be prescribed by your veterinarian so as to help make your dog more comfortable while dealing with the canine flu. If the dog has a fever, the veterinarian might use anti inflammatory medication so as to help lower the fever. Cough suppressants can be utilized to help a coughing dog, and to keep him/her more comfortable. Antibiotics are usually prescribed in dogs who have a more severe form of the illness, so as to treat or prevent secondary bacterial infections like pneumonia (note that, antibiotics aren’t an effective treatment for the canine flu virus).

Due to the highly infectious nature of the canine flu illness, a dog suffering from the illness should be isolated immediately, and rested. Majority of the dogs usually recover naturally in about 2 to 3 weeks without any further complications. That said, it’s important to know that the canine flu treatment mainly consists of supportive care; this helps your dog mount a better immune response.

Prevention
There is a vaccine available to control the transmission of the canine influenza virus, and minimize its’ impact on the infected dogs, however it might not be able to completely prevent your dog(s) from getting the canine flu. One of the best ways of preventing your dog(s) from contracting the canine flu is to always be aware of any kind of outbreaks in your locality, and react accordingly. In case you happen to come into contact or get exposed to a dog exhibiting flu-like symptoms, you need to properly wash your hands with soap water, and change the clothes before touching your dog(s). If your dog happens to get exposed to another dog exhibiting the flu-like symptoms, then you need to immediately remove your dog from that area, and disinfect any equipment, clothing, objects, and such other things that the infected dog came into contact with. Likewise, if your dog has the canine influenza virus, or is coughing and showing such other signs of the respiratory illness, then it is important to keep him/her at home and away from other uninfected dogs, til he/she has fully recovered.

It also helps to avoid dog daycares, dog parks and such other facilities where the canine influenza virus could easily be transmitted.

Preventing or limiting exposure to areas where the flu outbreak has been reported, is one of the best preventative measures you can take. To do this, you should ask your veterinarian if there have been any kind of outbreaks in your local area so that you can know the places to avoid.

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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How Do You Love Your Dog

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Make them feel loved

5 Ways to Show Your Dog You Love Him

Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

How much do you love your dog? Dogs are easily the most perceptible pets and this makes it easy for them to be able to interpret your behavior and react accordingly. Also, dogs are very warm, loving and loyal and they always want to make their owners happy. The most enviable dog and owner relationships are those ones where they appear to have a connection and they understand each other. However, that did not happen overnight, it took conscious effort to create that kind of rapport. Therefore, as a dog owner who desires a closer relationship with your dog, you should also be interested in ways to show your dog you love him.

  1. Touch and contact.

The best way to show your dog your love them is to hold them and touch them as often as possible. This will make them feel safe and loved. When touching them, you should do more than pat them on the head; instead touch them like you would relate to other humans you love. When you are relaxing, you can let them sit on your laps or pet them when they lie down beside you.

  1. Daily exercise

Most young dogs love to run around and play. When you create time for your dog to run around and exercise daily, they will love you the more because it shows them that you have time for them.  It is a win-win situation for you because you will have a happy dog who will be well- behaved and you will have more time to bond. So, always make out time to go to the park and also take regular walks with your dog.

  1. Regular grooming

Your dog might not like getting water on their body, but a well-groomed dog is always a happy dog. So you have to make out time to groom your dog regularly. There are grooming services that help pamper your dog and make them feel like royalty. However, some of these services may cost more than you can afford, so you can groom your dog by yourself at home. This will be more relaxing and also give you the opportunity to bond more.

 

  1. Proper socialization

While it is relatively safer to keep your dog indoors most of the time, the disadvantage is that they might not get enough socialization. Therefore, you should make out time to allow your dog meet other dogs and make friends. A good way to do this is to visit dog parks and have picnics where other dog owners are. However, if your dog is not properly trained, then you should keep him on a leash so he does not get into awkward or unpleasant situations.

  1. Regular veterinary check ups

A healthy dog is a happy dog. Your dog needs to have regular checkups whether he falls ill often or not. This can help forestall diseases and unpleasant experiences. In addition, your visit to the vet will give you the opportunity to discover new ways to take care of your dog.

Loving your dog is one thing.  Showing him isn’t very hard but it does take just a little more effort!  How do you show your dog that you love him and keep him happy?

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House Training Puppies

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I’m sorry, Mom….

How To Train Your Puppy

To Not Go To The Bathroom In Your House

We may love our dogs, but certain behavior can make it difficult to enjoy the relationship we want with them. When puppies pee in the house, we get so frustrated.  This frustration can make training difficult from the point of love. It is important to note that not all dog training techniques have effective results, some potty training skills are complex, but other techniques are easy to implement. Here are some steps to house train your puppy.

Step 1 – Introduce the puppy to its new home and the family

It is very normal to experience anxiety, joy, fear and curiosity when you get to a new environment and meet new faces. This also happens to puppies. From day one set the foundation for the long-term relationship with the pet and establish routines to be carried out every day. Consistently follow them for your puppy to learn quickly.

Step 2  – Understand the puppy’s breed needs and behavior

For you to properly carry out house training for your new puppy, you should learn more about the breed characteristics before you begin the training. There are those breeds that will learn faster than others, those that will be more stubborn than others.  Hopefully, you have learned everything about the breed prior to bringing him home, but if not, please do it now.  It will help in the long run.  To avoid the feeling of disappointment when training your puppy, you should know what to expect and what not to expect from that specific breed of dog. Understand how the dog communicates when it needs to go to the bathroom.  Study their cues so you can help them in time before they have an accident in the house.

Step 3 – Always keep an eye on the puppy

During potty training time, keep an eye on the puppy so you can detect early signs indicating he needs to go. When they begin to circle, whine, sniff, scratch, or suddenly change behavior, you need to be on the alert and bring the puppy out of the house to the designated potty area.

Step 4 – Interrupt accidents

The instant you catch your puppy relieving himself in the house, startle him with a sudden noise, like clapping and immediately lead it outside. Just startle, do not scare. This will let them know you do not approve of their action. Being consistent in the same startling action or word will help the dog understand and learn to do the right thing by going outdoors. Do not punish them for accidents; they know when you are not pleased. Forcing the puppy to smell its mess will only make it fear you and will not help in building your relationship. All pets know their own scent.  Punishment will also send the wrong message; the puppy may understand that you don’t want them going to the bathroom inside and this could make them do it in hidden places that you cannot reach.

Step 5 – Choose a potty area

When you pick an area outdoors for the dog and take him there each time to go to the bathroom, the dog will learn and associate that location with peeing and pooping. Choose an area that is easy to clean and can be reached quickly in case of accidents.

Avoid areas where other dogs have gone until your pup has received his third set of vaccines. This is to protect the puppy from catching infections that may be detrimental to its health.

Step 6 – Pick a particular command or word

Use a potty command like “Go” or “Go Potty” or “Hurry Up”, each time you take the puppy outside.   They will begin to associate the command to going to the bathroom. Consistently using one command will speed up the learning process and avoid any confusion.

Step 7 – Praise any success

Each time the puppy uses the appropriate area without any accidents,  appreciate it cheerfully and always let puppy know you are pleased. When you do this consistently, they are emotionally driven to do even better and avoid peeing in the house.

Step 8 – Make potty time relaxing and fun after

When the puppy is happy about potty time, it will always look forward to it. Train the dog to hold until the right time. Play Time or taking a walk, after potty time can be a reward they expect and can encourage them to wait. Never interrupt the puppy when going to the bathroom in the designated potty area.  We want to create a relaxing environment that they can enjoy. A treat afterward can encourage and help house train efficiently in possibly a shorter time.

Step 9 – Clean after accidents immediately

Cleaning the area inside where your puppy had an accident, will stop them from wanting to go there again. Use an enzymatic cleaner to remove the odor that can attract the dog back to that area. Using ammonia-based cleaners will do the opposite since urine also contains ammonia. White vinegar also works well to counter the smell of ammonia. If you have wall to wall carpeting, you may need to have a professional come in to clean areas thoroughly.  If you can, opt for bare floors, like tile or hardwood.  They are much easier to keep clean.

For More helpful ideas, check out – House Training Adult Dogs

Enjoy your Puppy for a lifetime!!

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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11 Steps To Do Before Bringing Puppy Home

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Research Breeds and Choose Wisely!

Before You Bring Your New Puppy Home,

Let’s Prepare in 11 Steps

 

For dog lovers, there is probably nothing more exciting than the idea of welcoming a furry new buddy into the family. However, preparing for a new puppy is not all fun and games. A lot of work needs to be done in order to ensure that both the puppy and the owner are comfortable once the pup arrives. Below is an 11 step guideline on how to properly prepare. This way whether it is your first pup or you are simply adding to the furry friends club in your home, you know and have exactly what you need to hit the ground running.

Puppy Preparation Essentials

  1. Where will the puppy sleep?

This is one of the most basic and obvious puppy preparations essential, yet it is one of the most often forgotten steps. You will need to determine whether the pup will be in or out of a crate.  Make sure that the room and the specific sleeping areas are properly prepared or puppy proof.  Look for electrical cords, things to chew on or get knocked over.  Crating is the safest place when the puppy can not be supervised.

  1. What will the puppy eat?

The little baby’s nutrition is the next big thing you need to worry about. What many first time pet owners fail to realize is the fact that food meant for fully grown dogs is not suitable for pups. It is best to do some research and find out what is recommended for the specific breed of puppy you are bringing home.

  1. Find pet sitting services near you

We live in a career oriented world, but this fast paced life should not hinder you from the joys of being a pet owner. If you have a tight work schedule or happen to travel a lot, you will need to look into pet care services around you. This will ensure that your furry little friend is taken care of, even when you are out and about. A good pet sitting business offers both ongoing daily mid day visits while you are at work or a supper visit when you want to go out for dinner and a play, with everything from potty breaks to puppy playtime.

  1. Keep all choking hazards out of reach

Little puppies are in a lot of ways very similar to human babies. When they are about to start teething, they go through their oral stage. This is where the pup feels the urge to chew on anything and everything in its path. It is therefore very important to get rid of potential choking hazards. This can be anything from spent match sticks to scrabble board letters.

  1. KNOW YOUR BREED OF PUPPY, Do some research on puppy training and beyond 

Before deciding on a puppy, research the breeds.  If you are a family that is very busy, lives in an apartment, you may not be happy with a breed like a Siberian Husky who needs alot of exercise, room and strict training. If you would hate to see your yard dug up, you may not want a breed known to dig.  Research all of the breeds.  Many of them are adorable but may grow up to have personality traits that will not fit into your family.  Remember, you are choosing a member of your family that will come with good and bad traits.  They will be with you for 13-18 years, depending on the life of that breed.  Choose wisely.

Dogs are undeniably smart. However, it is super important to train them while they are young in order to ensure that they remain well behaved throughout their lives. Investing in training is the number one thing every pet owner should do. Make sure to book sessions for basic training and I would advise going further into advanced training to teach your dog to do everything off leash.  The more you invest in training for the first 2 years of your dog’s life, the more enjoyable your dog will be in every aspect of your life. 

  1. Get plenty of toys for the puppy

When you get rid of the choking hazards, it is always a good idea to invest in dog toys. These will allow the puppy to indulge their chewing urges with reduced irritation and increased protection of your shoes and furniture.

  1. Invest in grooming kits, Leashes and other things

A proper grooming kit should include dog soap and shampoo. These come in handy especially when you are anticipating a playful pup that isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. The grooming kit should also include nail clippers or grinders, to keep the nails short and clean.

This is also the time to look for collars that will grow with your puppy, leashes and harnesses.  Now is the time to decide what you want.  There are many types and designs to please anyone.

  1. Exercise

If you are lucky enough to have a fenced in yard, getting exercise is easy.  Playing ball or any other game in the yard that will get your puppy running and burning off excess energy is great.  If you are not so lucky, then you will need to take your dogs on routine walks at least once or twice a day.

  1. Keep all fragile items out of reach

Puppies are naturally playful bundles of joy. They also happen to be very restless and will end up spending most of their time running up and down the house. Keeping fragile items such as flower vases and computers protects them from being knocked over and damaged. Any electrical cords can be deadly, so tie them up and away from curious pups.

  1. Invest in a fur vacuum cleaner

They don’t call puppies our furry little friends for no reason. As a dog owner, you will have a lot of fur to deal with. Investing in a vacuum specifically designed for pets is therefore a great idea.

  1. Prepare roommates or family members for the responsibilities to come

Finally, you need to fill everyone in your home about the new adventure. This helps to prepare them psychologically. It also makes distribution of work and responsibilities a lot easier. Everyone in the family should also know the puppies routine and training commands.  It will help the puppy learn quicker.

Bottom line

After all is said and done, preparing for a new pet is not rocket science. However, it is important to invest a lot of time and effort into ensuring that everyone is comfortable with the household addition including the puppy itself. The tips provided above will definitely help ease the transition, and will ensure that your first moments with the cute little fur ball will be precious memories you will hold on to for a long time.

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Vaccines For Dogs

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Sam gets his vaccines!

What are vaccines,

how do they work and

how often should they be given for dogs?

 

 

Vaccinating pets has long been considered to be one of the best and easiest ways of helping our pets live a long and healthy life. Today, vaccinations have become commonplace for dogs because they help prevent potentially serious diseases like rabies, distemper, and hepatitis. Regular vaccinations can not only protect your dog’s health, but they can also improve your dog’s overall quality of life.

There are 2 different types of vaccinations which your dog can receive. They are the core and non core vaccines.

The core vaccines include vaccinations which are considered crucial or essential for dogs; it involves fatal illnesses or illnesses which are easily transferred. Some of these diseases include; distemper, rabies, adenovirus and parvovirus.

The second type known as non core vaccines, and includes protection against the diseases which are dependent on lifestyle or/and environmental exposure. These are the vaccinations which you’ll need to consult with your dog’s veterinarian so as to determine if the dog requires them. They include kennel cough, Lyme disease and leptospirosis vaccines.
Why You Should Vaccinate Your Dog

Experts and veterinarians agree that the widespread use of dog vaccinations in the last century has really helped prevent diseases and deaths in millions of dogs.

 

Here are some of the main reasons to vaccinate your dog;

It’s required by the law

Failure to vaccinate your dog against diseases like rabies is unlawful in every state in the U.S. As a matter of fact, it is mandatory to have dogs vaccinated and failure to do so can lead to some hefty fines.

It’s very important for your health, and the health of your loved ones

There are numerous diseases which can be transmitted from dogs to humans (like rabies and Leptospirosis). Vaccinating your dog helps reduce risks of human infection, and is even more necessary if there are elderly, immuno-compromised or kids in the household.

Vaccination comes are needed at boarding facilities

If you plan on dropping your dog somewhere for boarding, then they need to have the updated Bordatella vaccination. The vaccine protects dogs against most strains of kennel cough; which are highly contagious amongst dogs in a close environment.

Vaccination prevents many diseases and protects your furry friend’s health

For instance, a rabies vaccine can be highly effective at protecting your dog in case he/she is bitten by a rabid animal. The vaccination will help prevent your dog from succumbing to the rabies symptoms like partial paralysis, drooling, behavioral changes and death.

Vaccinating you dog can help you save money in the long run

Vaccinations are much less expensive as compared to the cost of treating your dog for the diseases which you could otherwise protect against. In other words, vaccinations help avoid the costly treatments for the illnesses which can be prevented.

There are many things out there which could be very harmful to your dog. For instance, your dog can come in contact with unvaccinated wild animals which may have Distemper, Lyme disease and even rabies. Moreover, dog parks and play dates with the other pets can expose your dog to such preventable diseases. Therefore, vaccinating your dog is the best possible step you can take, to ensure your dog is always protected from the preventable diseases.

How Vaccines Work To Protect Your Dog

When a dog is vaccinated, a very small amount of infectious agent, (agents are modified to not cause any harm to your dog), gets administered to the dog. The infectious agent in the vaccine formulation stimulates your dog’s immune system so it can generate protective immune response. The vaccine induced immune response, prepares the dog’s immune system for any future exposure to the natural disease causing agent. In case of any exposure in the future, the vaccination induces a generation of the memory cells in your pet’s immune system to immediately neutralize the condition. A properly immunized dog will eliminate the pathogenic disease agents before they can cause a serious disease.

Canine Distemper 

What is a distemper vaccine?

A canine distemper vaccine is a combination vaccine.  It usually includes canine adenovirus-2 infection (hepatitis and respiratory disease), canine parvovirus infection, parainfluenza, Coronovirus and Leptospirosis. The abbreviation for this combination vaccine is frequently written as “DHPP,” “DA2PP,” “DHPPV,” or “DA2PPV” or “DHLPP” etc, on a pet’s health records.
The diseases a Canine distemper protect from are fatal viral diseases which can attack dogs, especially unvaccinated dogs and puppies. The virus attacks the dog’s nervous system and some of the signs include; respiratory problems, fever, runny eyes and nose, coughing, skin reactions, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Some dogs can also develop progressive paralysis, muscle spasms and convulsions. Outbreaks of distemper tend to occur in areas which have low vaccination rates. Thus, distemper vaccinations are highly recommended.

The distemper vaccine is one of the first dogs get when they’re between the ages of 4 weeks to 20 weeks. The dogs then receive boosters based on the veterinarian’s recommendation.
How Often Do You Need To Vaccinate Your Adult Dog?

Adult dogs over a year old may require one initial dose of the core vaccines (Distemper and Rabies), a booster may be recommended for some in 3-4 weeks for Distemper. Then boosters should be given every three years.

As for puppies, there’s a standard schedule of the vaccinations which needs to be met in the 1st year of their life.  Typically, puppies should be vaccinated for Distemper at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Rabies is given at 16 weeks. Then one year later they are boostered for Distemper and Rabies.   After that, core vaccinations of Distemper and Rabies will be administered every 3 years, based on the veterinarian’s recommendation.

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Does Your Dog Have Asthma

Asthma and your dog

Asthma and your dog

Asthma Concerns and Your Dog

Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Just like humans, dogs can also have asthma. Asthma is simply a term that describes having difficulty with breathing and is medically referred to as dyspnea. It is usually caused by a reaction to an allergen in the environment which results in constriction and spasms of the airways and it presents as shortness of breath and wheezing. In dogs, this problem is usually called allergic bronchitis and it is usually acute, although long term allergic bronchitis can also result. The latter can cause progressive degradation of the respiratory tissues and results in permanent damage.

It is important to state that dog asthma is not a disease and it is not contagious or infectious. It is simply a response to inhaled allergens like pollutants and irritants, some of which are more common in winter.

Causes of Asthma in Dogs

Asthma in dogs happens more in dogs with compromised immune systems and older dogs than the young and healthy ones. Generally, dogs have asthma because of exposure to irritants and allergens in the air like dust, pollen, little seeds from plants, fireplaces, wood burning stoves, air fresheners, deodorizers, floor or carpet cleaners, cigarette smoke or smoke from incense. Therefore, these things should be avoided this winter to keep your dog safe.

In addition, some breeds of dogs are more prone to asthma than others because of the way their airways are formed; this applies to small dogs like malteses and pugs. Gender is not a predisposing factor.

Asthma may also be caused by more deep seated problems like viral or bacterial infections, cancers or even worms.

Precautions to Take This Winter

It is winter and the temperature drops to really low levels, which makes it more difficult to breathe even for humans. Therefore, ensure you always keep your dog warm so as to enable them breathe easily.

In addition, it is the holiday season, so you will need to pay closer attention to the kind of items you leave lying around in your home. If you usually use a strong smelling air freshener, you should consider using a milder one so as not to trigger your dog’s asthma. Also, cigar smoke and your dog should be kept far apart from each other. Your decorative plants should not have small pollens that can be inhaled by your dogs, thus precipitating an attack.

Overall, you should pay closer attention to your dog this winter.

Symptoms of Allergic Bronchitis

The major sign that shows a dog has allergic bronchitis is a persistent dry cough that can start without warning or slowly. You can tell if your dog is having an attack by watching out for the following symptoms:

  • Respiratory difficulties such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Bluish or pale gums
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Weakness
  • Avoiding exercises
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss

If your dog shows any of the listed signs and symptoms, you should take them to the veterinary clinic immediately. There are various treatments available to effectively manage the condition.

 

 

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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House Training An Adult Dog

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Is Your Adult Dog Peeing In The House?

 

What an awful experience. Several causes could be the reason behind this problem.  Your dog may be marking his territory, or is submissive peeing or has incontinence (in case of aging dogs) or a medical condition. Here are a few steps to help with house training an adult dog.

Steps To House Train Adult Dogs

1 – Make an appointment to go to your veterinarian

Before we can work on behavior, we want to rule out any medical condition. Make an appointment with your veterinarian to rule out any medical cause for the accidents.  Bring in a urine sample (there are many videos online to give you ideas to get a urine sample).  If you have an aging dog, incontinence may be a factor.  As dogs age, just like people, muscles weaken around the urethra and small amounts of urine may be expelled.   Another medical concern could be a UTI or bladder infection.  This can be cleared up quickly with an antibiotic.  Then there is diabetes and kidney issues.  Your veterinarian may do some blood work to rule out these and other medical conditions as well.

2 – Routine, Crating and Potty Commands

If it is determined that there is no medical reason, now we can work on behavior.

Two things that will help you and your dog is to create a routine your dog’s body will get used to.  A sample routine would be taking your dog outside for a bathroom break at 7am, 12pm, 5pm and 10pm. The times can change or you can go out more frequently, but try to keep to approximately the same times every day.  If you are at work for the mid day time frame, hire a dog walker to come and take him out every day.

Next, when your dog can not be supervised, he will need to be crated.  Most dogs will try to hold it if they are in their crate.  The crate should be big enough for them to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably.

Potty commands are a great way to get your dog to go.  Whenever you take him out, go to the potty area and say “Go Potty” or “Hurry Up”.  You can use whatever you wish, just use the same words every time.

Hint – When you are taking your dog out, bring to the potty area and do nothing.  Give potty commands, no playing, no eye contact, no nothing, until he goes.  Then praise and play.  Get business done before play! Your dog will get it at some point and want to hurry up and go so he can get to the fun stuff!

3 – Catching Your Dog Before Getting Into The Act

Ideally, catch your dog right before he starts to urinate, would be best. This is very doable if you use what we call in the rescue world, the umbilical cord.  This is done with your dog always on a leash tied to you all day.  He must go wherever you go in the home.  That way you will notice a change in him quickly. You may notice your dog sniffing the floor, circling, or see him start to lift his leg. When you see any of these, clap your hands or make a loud noise, to stop your dog.  Then quickly take him outside. If you have a special area do not stop moving until you get to the designated area. Once you’re outside, you’ll have to patiently wait for some time until your dog makes up his mind to go. Finally, after he is done, generously shower your dog with praise.  This positive reinforcement will make your dog want to go to the bathroom outside.

4 –  Catching Your Dog During The Act

If you do not catch your dog prior to the act, you may catch him at the time of the act. If you decide that you do not want to try the umbilical approach, mentioned above, then you will run the risk of your dog going to the next step and actually start to go to the bathroom. It is important that you act quickly, make some kind of loud noise such as clapping your hands, so it startles your dog to stop immediately. Next, you have to lead your dog outside to the designated area so he can complete the act and don’t forget to praise him lavishly.  Remember, your frustration at having to clean your dog’s accident inside,  will not be helped by “punishing” your dog.  However, with time and patience, the praises and positive approvals for going outside will most definitely help your dog want to go outside instead of indoors.

5 – You Only See The Accident

What if you only find the accident afterward.  Well, your dog knows that he did it.  If they did not have a memory, we could not teach them anything.  There is no need to put your dog’s nose in it, they have a keen sense of smell and they know their own scent.  First thing is to leash your dog.  Go to the mess, and as you are cleaning with paper towels, speak to your dog in a mad voice.  No need to yell, but in a deep voice, tell your dog, “bad boy” or whatever.  Then take your dog and the paper towel with the mess, go to the designated potty area.  Put the mess down on the ground, let your dog sniff it, then praise your dog.  You are creating a message that his bathroom habits are always bad in the house and always good outside.  They will make the connection.

6 –  Don’t Forget To Praise Your Dog

We want to give our dogs every opportunity to succeed.  The more he know what you want, the faster he will do it.  Most dogs want to please us.  It is extremely essential to shower your dog with praises when there is a positive change in his behavior. Generally, praise is positive reinforcement when your dog is engaged in behavior approved by you which includes going in the designated potty area. Therefore, every time you take your dog to the bathroom outside make sure that he receives his well-deserved praises. Praising him at least 4+ times on a daily basis will show remarkable change in his behavior very quickly.

Submissive Urination

Many dogs have a problem with submissive urination.  This usually occurs with very submissive dogs.  These dogs will automatically urinate when they are happy to see you and by urinating, in a dog’s language, they are telling you, they accept you as their leader.  Many times, these dogs do it for their entire life.  The best this to do, is to create a routine to lessen the problem as much as possible.  If they greet you at the door, have leash in hand ready to go before you turn the handle to go in, Grab your pup, clip the leash and out the door in one fell swoop.  Remember, they have no control, we want to create a win win situation.

How To Deal With Territorial Marking Problem:

One of the main reasons for peeing indoors is for un-castrated male dogs marking territory. If they smell females in heat, see other dogs around, your dog is actually communicating to other dogs that this area is his.  Although, it less common for a neutered dog to mark his territory indoors, it can and does occur occasionally.  In most cases, it is when your dog perceives any new threat to his position at home.

Thoroughly Clean Soiled Areas

Don’t forget that your dog’s sense of smell is much sharper than yours.  Look for enzyme cleaners to eradicate the urine smell completely. Also, deep clean your carpet and floors instead of opting for “spot treatment” so that the scent goes away on a permanent basis. This may take a professional.  You can also opt for bare floors of tile or hard wood, which are much easier to clean.

To Conclude:

It can be said success can only be obtained if you are diligent and consistent.

Don’t give up.  Your patience will be rewarded and you and your dog will once again be having fun.

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Does Your Dog Suffer From Bloat

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Battling Bloat

You and Your Dog’s

Battle Against Bloat

 Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Bloat, properly referred to as Gastric Dilation Volvulus, is a life-threatening condition that can affect any dog breed, at any age. Fatal in approximately half of all reported cases, bloat is the second most common cause of death in our canine companions. The condition causes your dog’s stomach to expand and rotate, often causing increased pressure in the abdomen, damage to the cardiovascular system, and decreased nutrient supplies, which can lead to organ death.

 

While any dog breed can suffer from bloat, there are certain breeds that are at greater risk; particularly deep-chested large and giant breeds, such as Great Danes, Dobermans Pinschers and Golden Retrievers. Underweight dogs, dogs with an anxious temperament, aggressive dogs, and dogs with a family history of bloat are also at risk.

 

Pay Attention to Your Dog’s Behavior

 

Most symptoms of bloat are behavioral in the very beginning stages, meaning your dog will begin to act a bit “off.” The most obvious signs include pacing, restlessness, retching and excessive drooling. One of the first, most obvious physical signs is a swollen belly several times its normal size due to extreme gas build-up.

 

In the late stages of bloat, when shock is a near certainty, symptoms include labored breathing, rapid heart rate, pale gums and weakness or collapse. Bring your precious pooch to the vet immediately if you notice any signs of possible bloat, as it can be deadly with a mortality rate of 33 percent. If you have Gas-X or any OTC gas reliever that contains simethicone on hand, give one to your dog to help reduce gas and relieve some of the abdominal pressure while you make a trip to the vet.

 

Prevention is Key

 

The best treatment for bloat is to know the signs and symptoms. While there’s no surefire way to prevent bloat, there are some steps you can take to lessen the odds that it will happen to your pooch:

  • Make sure he doesn’t scarf down his food too quickly. If he does, try putting a tennis ball in the center of his food dish, or separate small servings in a muffin pan; both tricks should help Fido put the breaks on his speedy eating.
  • Serve Fido two or three small meals per day rather than one large meal.
  • Avoid high grain foods as they promote gas.
  • If you feed Fido a dry kibble diet, make sure a fat source is not one of the top four ingredients.

 

Chances are, you’ve heard feeding your large breed dog from a raised dish is beneficial, but that advice has been disputed and reversed. A University veterinary department found raised feeders are actually a danger for at-risk breeds, as dogs were “designed” to eat with their heads down to the ground. The unnatural eating position resulting from a raised dish affects the way the dog swallows, causing the intake of excess air. *Note – this only applies to large breed dogs; don’t hesitate to use a tiny, raised dish for your small breed pup.

 

Bloat Treatment

 

If your furry friend suffers from bloat, there are two basic treatments. Your vet may try to insert a tube down his throat to make a passage for the built-up gas to escape. But if the stomach has twisted, the only alternative is surgery, during which your vet will make a small incision in your dog’s stomach to relieve the gas. If surgery is necessary, he may decide to perform gastropexy, where the stomach is stapled in its normal position so it cannot blow up should bloat occur again.

 

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