Category Archives: Puppy Tips

Crating Your Dog

crating your dog (pet)Crating your dog  is one thing we never used where i am coming from. Europe.  I do understand that the crate can be a good tool for housetraining, and some learning. Especially in the early stage of a young pups.  But when we think of our pets as family members, we spend so much money on healthy pet food, Alpaca sweaters,  orthopedic beds, clever toys and metal cage.

I am not a trainer, and i don’t want to sound like one, or give any advise from training point of view. I only talk about the crate itself.

Pet owners should understand that you can’t just put the pup in a crate and throw away the key.  As it stated on pedfinder.com “The rule of thumb for crating is no longer than one hour per each month of age, up to nine to ten hours maximum … Each session should be preceded and succeeded by an hour of aerobic exercise. If this is too long for your dog, hire a dog walker to exercise him midday.” That sounds nice, but i am sure not many people come home after a work day and take the dog, that was caged all this time, for an hour of aerobic exercise. Nay.

I was working as a Realtor for a while, and i can’t forget this one house, they had a beautiful big German shepherd, in a crate. The only thing he could do comfortably is laying down. He couldn’t fully seat not to say standing. And i am asking you, would you like to be caged  for nine hours like that? Nay.

So, if you feel the crating your dog is a must, be generous with the size and space you give your pet. Weather it’s a cat or a dog, Give them enough space to sleep, seat, stand.

 

Have the wires covered, put a nice mat, if it is winter, you can even have a blanket. Cover the the crate with nice designer crate cover collection to keep the space warmer and to give privacy and secure feeling. It is beneficial for your pet and will look wonderful in your home.

The other option instead of crating your dog, is having a pet gate and preventing them from going places you don’t want them to go in the house. Choose a room (if you have a sun room or den with lots of windows that will be the best choice) and have water , toys and his mat /bed. Use the gate to prevent him from roaming the house. He will be so much happier having the option to look out, bark on squirrels, sleep and play. Would you prefer to be treated that way, if you were a dog? Yap

Again, no training recommendation been intended in this article.

 

 

 

New Puppy Coming Home? Be Prepared

new puppyIt is exciting to have a new puppy baby. It’s even more exciting if he was adopted from a shelter, knowing you gave a good home to this sweet dog. Don’t let the excitement distract you from being ready for your new pet to come home though! The list of supplies needed for a new puppy is quite long, but there are many items you can prepare in advance.

Food and Treats

Make sure you have the proper food for your dog on its first day home. It’s a good idea to find out what food he is used to, and if you would like to replace it, do it gradually. That way, there’s a good chance he’ll accept it easily without suffering side effects like diarrhea.
 
Getting two dog bowls is also very important – one for food and one for water. If you want to really papmper your new pup, consider getting him some designer dog bowls, which can come in styles such as country, contemporary or raised. 

Mini Puppy Treats
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Don’t forget about dog treats, which can be great tools for training. In the beginning, give the new puppy a few treats in order to keep him in his crate. Make sure not to give too many treats, however, as they can be high in calories. Choose smaller treats for tiny puppies. Also, consider getting some treats that can fight plaque and promote overall dental health.

Crates and Carriers

When it comes to dog crates, you have two basic options: the steel crate or the soft, collapsible crate that can also be used as a carrier:

Crate Cover and Foldable-Carrier-Crate
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dog crate cover

Steel crates are great for sleeping and training, but they are often cold, so you can add a crate cover and a pad to make him comfortable. The soft crates can also be used for overnight traveling or for car travel. Always buy the size that fits your new puppy, meaning it should be big enough for the dog to both lay down and stand. It should also have space for a food or water bowl to be placed inside.

classic satchel pet carrier
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Both simple and designer pet carriers are available for showing the new puppy to its new extended family, or for going to the vet. Again, make sure you choose the correct size. If you are planing to travel on a plane, look for a carrier that most airlines approve. You’ll find specifications for on-board pets at each airline’s website.

To make air travel easier, we made a list of some airline links for in-cabin travel. Our selection of pet carriers is big and diverse so that any traveling pet parent can find the best choice for their new puppy.

Collars, Harnesses and Leashes

Always have a collar on your dog with its name and your phone number. I’ve never heard of a dog that did not decide more than once to go for a trip in the neighborhood by himself.  Even if he has a chip, keep the name tag on. Only a small percent of escaped dogs end up at a vet or rescue center where they have a chip reader. You can get your new puppy a designer dog collar, or just something simple. We have a huge selection.

choke free dog harness
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With tiny, small dogs and dogs that have wide necks, using a dog harness while out for a walk to ensure that they stay safe. Comfortable, choke-free harnesses are available, which protect the dog’s trachea by only pulling on the body and not on the neck. This is important for new puppies, as they will often strain and pull on leashes at first.

Grooming and Health

It’s important to keep your new puppy’s body and teeth clean, especially as it starts to teethe. There are toys and bones specifically made for teething. Also, start with puppy teeth brushing as early as possible. Get him used to it by “brushing” with your fingers and after a while move to a toothbrush with specially formulated dog toothpaste. Also, look into shampoos for puppies, which are gentler on the skin.

As your dog learns to go outside, you may want to make use of some puppy diapers. Many “green” diapers and pads are on the market. A new product is the designer washable diaper overall harness. This comes in sizes from 3x-small up to medium, for both him and her.

washable overall dog diaper
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disposable dog diapers dog panty strawberry

Remember, it’s all new for both you and the puppy, and he’ll need time to adjust to his new home and family. Some pets suffer from separation anxiety and destructive chewing. Be patient, calm him by giving him comforting puppy toys or a blanket to sleep through the night. It will also help him feel warm and safe, especially in winter time. Before you know it, you’ll have a wonderful, happy, loving furry best friend.

Any more tips? Feel free to add a comment 🙂

Teaching Your Puppy to Fetch

puppy fetchPlaying with your puppy is one of the most enjoyable experiences that a dog owner can have. Teaching your puppy to fetch in particular provides some good exercise for both you and your dog. It also ensures that you won’t be the only one getting all the exercise as you constantly retrieve your dog’s toys. The most important thing to remember is to be patient.

Just Starting Out

When first teaching your puppy to fetch, roll the toy away from the dog and let him get it. When he picks it up, say, “fetch,” so he begins to associate the command with the action. Then praise him with an excited voice.

As he gets older, throw the toy a little further. When he brings it back, give lots of praise and let your puppy play with the toy for a few minutes so he gains some benefit from his effort of retrieving it. If he doesn’t bring it back, use a long lead attached to his collar. Gently reel your puppy in with the toy and praise him for coming back. Touch him, but avoid his head so he doesn’t think you’re going to immediately take the toy from him. Some puppies enjoy the chase of the toy and retrieving it and want you to throw it back immediately. Others want the toy with less chasing and retrieving.

Dropping the Toy

Once the puppy has had a minute or so to play with the toy, he may drop it on his own. If he does, say “drop” to reinforce the behavior. If he doesn’t drop it on his own, get a light grip on the toy and give the command to drop. Praise him when he lets go of it and throw it again.

You’ll find a variety of dog toys here. Make sure that the dog toy fits your dog size.