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October Training Tips:

IIt's not too early to start thinking about Halloween, a fun time for humans but for most dogs.  
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Keep your pets inside as Halloween is notorious for pets, especially cats, disappearing.        

If you will be handing out treats throughout the night, start conditioning your dogs to the sound of the doorbell or door knocks, to minimize their reaction.           

Some people leave candy in a container on their porch and put up a “Do not knock or ring doorbell sign”.           

On Halloween night, consider crating your dog(s) with a yummy bone or a stuffed Kong to occupy him. If crating is not possible, use baby gates or some type of boundary to keep him as far from the front door as possible.    

Consider your dog before you decide to dress him in a costume.  Can he really handle this with no problem? Tolerating and LIKING are very different. If you will be dressing him a costume, accustom him to it early and ensure that it fits in such a way that he can walk and perform normal activities easily and safely. Consider designing your dog’s costume, based on his personality and/or favorite trick, etc.  By using what you have at home, you will have an original outfit with little or no expense. 

 As an alternative to a costume, consider a festive vest or bandana. 

 Be sure that all candy and human treats are out of your dog’s reach. They can be very creative when they are on the trail of goodies.  

 If you plan to decorate your house, make sure that the decorations are located in places that are not accessible to your pet.    

If you leave your house on Halloween, even if you think you will return before trick or treating begins, leave all your pets inside using some of the above suggestions.  If you are detained and gone longer than anticipated, you will not need to worry about your fur kids.


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":
Are You Ready for a New Dog ? - 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
Moving: Helping Our Dogs Adjust Before, During, and After
Separation Anxiety
Toxic Foods and Beverages
Travel
Treats (Food & Toys)
What Class to Take
Your New Dog: From Planning Stages to First Weeks Home

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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