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June Tip - Travel:  

This is the time of the year when we can really enjoy being out and about with our dogs.  Typically we prepare for road trips but are you prepared if you should have car trouble or are delayed in traffic for any reason?  With the temperatures we experience during the months ahead, it is important that we are just as prepared for a short jaunt that could unexpectedly turn into a much longer one.  Be sure to carry plenty of water for you and your dog, along with a water bowl. Pack your dog bag with unperishable snacks for you both.  Consider a cooling mat that is activated by your dog’s weight and requires no preparation.  They come in sizes to fit all dogs and are relatively inexpensive.  A crate fan or battery powered fan with a supply of batteries will also be helpful.  Before you head out, check that you have plenty of gas and that you have your cell phone and charger.  A first aid kit should also be a staple of your dog bag.  Knowing that you are prepared for the unexpected will give you peace of mind.

Before venturing out for any water activity, invest in a life jacket for your dog.  If he already has one, check to ensure that it still in good condition and fits properly. Replace if necessary.  Water activities include trips to the lake as water loving dogs can easily venture too far out and land lovers could accidentally fall in.  If you will be enjoying boating activities with your dog, be sure you have a ramp or some means to easily get him back inside the boat.  He should also wear a life vest the entire time.


DOG FRIENDLY LOCATIONS : - This website provides information on dog friendly places throughout the US.  You just plug in the city and the category (hotel, restaurant, etc.) that you're interested in. 

Adding a New Dog to Your Family
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Children and Dogs: Safety First
Counter Surfing
Fence Fighting
Housebreaking & Marking
Integrating a New Dog into your Household
Moving: Helping Our Dogs Adjust Before, During, and After
Puppy STAR Program
Seasonal  - Fourth of July; Halloween; Thanksgiving; Christmas
Separation Anxiety



PUPPIES - Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog by Kenneth M. Martin, DVM and Debbie Martin, BS, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

CLICKER TRAINING - Clicking with Your Dog by Peggy Tillman
This book is easy to ready and contains lots of illustrations to supplement the text.

REACTIVITY - Click to Calm by Emma Parsons

SEPARATION ANXIETY: Don't Leave Me by Nicole Wilde

SOCIALIZATION - "He Just Wants to Say Hi" by Suzanne Clothier



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