October Training Tips:
IIt's not too early to start thinking about Halloween, a fun time for humans but for most dogs.
your pets inside as Halloween is notorious for pets, especially cats,
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
people leave candy in a container on their porch and put up a “Do not knock or
ring doorbell sign”.
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.
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
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.
an alternative to a costume, consider a festive vest or bandana.
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.
you plan to decorate your house, make sure that the decorations are located in
places that are not accessible to your pet.
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
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Children and Dogs: Safety First
Holidays - Fourth of July; Halloween; Thanksgiving; Christmas
Housebreaking & Marking
Moving: Helping Our Dogs Adjust Before, During, and After
Toxic Foods and Beverages
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
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