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Dogs and Cats and Fleas: Oh My!

Dogs and Cats and Fleas: Oh My!

Fleas are little brown insects which thrive in particular temperature and humidity levels. Which means most pet owners will deal with them at some time or another. For many, it's not just a summer problem. Dogs and cats...
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6 Reasons Why You Should Be Changing Your Pet’s Food

6 Reasons Why You Should Be Changing Your Pet’s Food

Should you be changing your pet's food regularly? We may be used to feeding our furry friends the same food but there are a variety of reasons why their food should be switched up every once in a while. These reasons include their life stage, activity level, dietary deficiencies...
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5 Tips For Dealing With Bullies

5 Tips For Dealing With Bullies

Aaah, a trip to the dog park. Sounds fun, right? But what if there is an ill-mannered dog who bullies and their human pack-member is clueless? Here's how to handle tricky canine social situations like a pro.

  1. No Bad Dogs: First of all, there are no bad dogs, just clueless human handlers. As soon as you recognize the signs that your own dog is uncomfortable (no tail wags or play bows), step in. With a firm "No" directed at the bully, along with a motion indicating it should move off, you communicate that your dog is off limits. Lead your own dog away in a calm, controlled manner.
  1. Identify Responsibility: Locate the owner of the bully and inform them that your dog is not interested in playing with their dog. Be polite, explaining that you would appreciate cooperation in re-directing their dog away from yours. But don't expect much. Understand that bully-dogs are often shaped by their human. It is still important, however, that they be made aware of their dog's unacceptable behavior.
  1. Monitor: Remain close to your pet and monitor any interest by the bully-dog. Ward off any approach before it comes too near. Guide your own dog toward other companions that are more agreeable. Sometimes simply breaking the line-of-sight between a bully-dog and the source of interest is all it takes.
  1. Breaking Things Up: If bullying turns full-scale scuffle, of course you want to intervene. To break things up without getting bit there are options. Try dousing involved parties with water or a loud noise distraction, like a training whistle.
  1. Rewards: Referring back to number 1, the "no bad dogs" rule, brings us to the final solution. Rewarding good behavior. When the bully-dog backs down and minds its own business, offer a treat. In other words, convert the bully to a friend.

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Good Dental Hygiene is a Must for Your Pet's Optimal Health:

Good Dental Hygiene is a Must for Your Pet's Optimal Health:

As February marks National Pet Dental Health Month, it's essential that we take a moment to remember how important good oral health is to our furry friend's overall well-being. Whether you have...
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How to Get Your Dog to Stop Chewing Everything

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Chewing Everything

Help! My Dog is Chewing Everything

Dogs are some of the best companions a person can ask for, but sometimes they can be a bit ornery. Dogs love to chew on things and they can be very stubborn when it comes to stopping them. Even though it is very frustrating, there are several things you can try to keep your house from being chewed to pieces.

Why They Chew

Boredom

When dogs have nothing to do, they get pretty creative. Anything can be turned into their next chew toy.

Teething

Puppies go through a period in their life when all of their puppy teeth fall out and their adult teeth are growing in. This happens about 6 months into a puppy's life. It can be very painful and chewing relieves some of that pain.

Anxiety

Some dogs chew simply because they have separation anxiety. Chewing is a form of stress relief for dogs, so they will find anything to relieve their anxiety when you are away.

How to Stop the Chewing

Training

This may seem obvious, but all dogs learn differently. Use short commands that they can better understand, such as "NO" or "Leave it." When your dog responds correctly, give them a treat and praise them. Not all dogs respond to treats or praise. Figure out which they respond most to and be consistent with commands.

Puppy Proof and Confine

When you are away from home and can't watch your dog for chewing, keep them in a safe area with a baby gate. Make sure everything in the gated area is puppy proofed. You can puppy proof by putting objects they can chew on in high, out of sight places and putting some sort of barrier around wooden furniture or anything else they can fit their mouth around.

Provide Toys

Each and every dog has a certain type of toy that they prefer to play with. There are ropes, balls, bones, and so many other types of toys. Figure out which types of toys your dog likes most and give them plenty to keep them occupied.

Exercise Your Dog

Dogs will sometimes chew on things because they have a ton of energy that they need to get rid of. Make sure that you are giving your dog plenty of exercise throughout the day with walks and/or playing in the yard. Exercise also reduces your dog's stress.

Non-Toxic Sprays

If nothing else stops the chewing, you can spray a safe bitter apple spray onto anything that your dog likes to chew on, including furniture and shoes. Dogs do not like the taste of it and it keeps their mouth off of everything. There are commercial sprays, such as Grannick's Bitter Apple, that is completely safe for your dog to ingest. You can also make your own with 2 parts apple cider vinegar, 1 part white vinegar, and water in a spray bottle.

Utilizing these helpful tips should keep all of your belongings safe from chewing pets. If you have any questions, contact us! We would be happy to help you get your dog to stop chewing everything.

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How to Protect Your Pet During the Winter

How to Protect Your Pet During the Winter

Winter can be a dangerous time of year for all pets. Especially pets that are kept outdoors. Temperatures drop to below freezing and dangerous chemicals can harm or even kill pets...
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