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July / August Training Tip - Housebreaking:

Take your dog out when he first wakes up, about 20 minutes after he eats or drinks, after a play session, and just before bed time.

Put your dog on a consistent feeding schedule as this can be very helpful for housebreaking.

Observe your dog while he is indoors as sniffing and circling actions are common indicators that he likely needs to go out. When it is not feasible to supervise your dog (or puppy), tether him to you or put him in his crate.  It is very easy to get absorbed in a task and not realize how much time has elapsed since your dog’s last “potty stop”.  A general rule of thumb is that your dog should be able to control his bathroom urge one hour for every month of age up to 12 months; however, there are many variables that factor in to bladder control so this is just a guideline.

Go outside with your dog so you can learn his bathroom habits, how much time he needs to tend to “business”, and can praise him for his successes.  Going out with him also makes it possible for you to establish the place you want him to use which will make clean-up a lot easier.  You may need to observe at a distance as some dogs are shy and will not “go” if they feel they are being watched.

If you are having a particularly difficult time with housebreaking and you feel that you have been consistent with your training, your dog, especially an adult, should have a thorough medical exam to rule out underlying illness.  If he gets a clean bill of health, continue with your training as your dog just needs more time.  Be patient as he will learn.

Living with Our Dogs:

Going on Vacation and need to board your dog? it is not too early to start your search as quality facilities fill early.  Even if a location has been highly recommended, we suggest that you visit before making a boarding appointment.  You will want to know such things as:

Where do the dogs potty and how often will they go out?         
What vaccines are required of each dog?  
Do they accept titers? (If that applies to you.)       
What happens if my dog becomes sick (or injured) at the facility? 
Are play time activities offered for my dog and where they will be done (inside, outside, both)? 
Are there age or breed restrictions?         
What is the cancellation policy?         
What is the cost and what does it cover?         
What are the hours for drop-off and pick-up?   

Observations to Make: 
Is the facility clean with no odor?         
Does there appear to be ample space for the number of dogs allowed?   Is the potty area sufficient for the number of dogs allowed?  Is it clean?   Is the area well fenced (high enough, no potential escape holes, etc.)    Was I allowed to tour the premises and all areas within the premises? 

If your dog has never boarded at this facility, you may want to schedule an overnight visit far in advance of your vacation as a sort of preview.  If all goes well, this will give you great peace of mind when you leave your dog for a longer period of time. If there are any problems, you will still have time to look at other facilities.


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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