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October Tip - Housebreaking:
Go outside with your dog so you will know his bathroom habits and how long it takes him to tend to business so you can praise him for his successes.  This also allows you to determine the area you want him to use which will make clean-up much easier.  You may need to observe at a distance as many dogs will not "go" if they feel they are being watched.  You won't have to always to do this, but taking this time in the beginning can be a real help especially if your dog is having accidents in the house despite having just been outside.  Many dogs' normal bathroom routine is to urinate, defecate, then urinate again.  If your dog comes in before he urinates the second time, he will probably have an accident in the house.  By knowing this about your dog, you can ensure that he has ample time to finish all his "business".

BOARDING FACILITY CONSIDERATIONS:  (1) What is the cost and what does it cover; (2) Where do the dogs potty, how often do they go out, and how long do they get to stay out; (3) What happens if my dog becomes ill or injured ; (4) Are there age or breed restrictions; (5) What is the cancellation policy; (6) What are the hours for drop-off and pick-up; (7) Can I bring my dog's food from home and is there an extra charge
Observations when you visit: (1) is the facility clean; (2) is there ample space for the number of dogs; (3) is the bathroom area adequate and clean; (4) is the area fenced and does it seem the fence is well-maintained to preclude dogs escaping


DOG FRIENDLY LOCATIONS :
www.bringfido.com - This website provides information on dog friendly places throughout the US.  You just plug in the city and the category (hotel, restaurant, etc.).


FREE HANDOUTS - REQUEST THRU "CONTACT US":
Adding a New Dog to Your Family - Questionnaire
Calming
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Chewing
Children and Dogs: Safety First
Counter Surfing
Digging
Fence Fighting
Holidays - Fourth of July; Halloween; Thanksgiving; Christmas
Housebreaking & Marking
Integrating a New Dog into your Household
Moving: Helping Our Dogs Adjust Before, During, and After
Puppy STAR Program
Separation Anxiety
Travel
Treats (Food & Toys)
What Class to Take

BOOKS AND WEBSITES:

CHILDREN AND DOGS: www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com

CLICKER TRAINING: www.clickertraining.com

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: www.ready.gov/animals

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS - www.dogsseminarsdirectory.com

FOODS - www.dogfoodadvisor.com

LOST PETS: www.petamberalert.com
(This site also offers a free download, "Lost Pet Recovery Guide"

PET LOSS SUPPORT: pet-loss.net

PET POISON HELPLINE: www.petpoisonhelpline.com

PET RESCUE STICKERS: www.petrescuestickers.com
(You can order stickers for your front door indicating how many and what kind of pets you have to be rescued.  There are several styles from which to choose.)

POSITIVE VENUES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAY BE NEW TO YOU:
Canine Work and Games: www.c-wags.org
Dog Scouts of American: www.dogscouts.org 
(Local Troop is #119)


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

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

SPECIAL NEEDS DOGS:
Disabilities - www.dogswithdisabilities.com
Blind and Visually Impaired Dogs - www.blinddogs.com
Deaf Dogs - www.deafdogs.org

 

 

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