Walk – Don’t Pull

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  • Your dog likes to pull because you are too slow and he likes to move. There is always something out there for him to explore.
  • Many of our pets from puppyhood got in the habit of just pulling you where they wanted to go. Remember they are creatures of habit. Instead of the dog walking you, you should be walking the dog.
  • We have to teach our pets to walk properly and politely on our walks.
  • If you have a young puppy and he starts pulling, you might just half and wait for him to stop pulling. When he stops, praise him (don’t encourage him to jump on you – bend down and pet him so he stays off of you).
  • With older and larger dogs, it helps if you change direction every time he pulls. When the leash tightens, change direction and give a good jerk on it. When he loosens up on the leash, give him praise (a pat on the chest or a treat). He now has choice to make. Pull on the leash, he gets a jerk. Walk nice, he gets praise.
  • If your dog is too strong or you have some physical challenges, our pet shop has different training tools to assist you.
  • Head halters, no-pull halters, restraining harness, or pinch collars may be your answer.

Remember, walking your dog should be enjoyable for both you and your dog!

Puppy Tips

Don’t treat a puppy like an old dog. Treat him the same way you would a new baby, with patience, constant supervision and a gentle touch. The way you treat a puppy between the ages of 6 to 12 weeks is critical to his socialization. The following tips may help:

  1. If you normally work all day, don’t bring a puppy home while you are on vacation. While the idea of being able to spend a lot of time with him may be tempting, you should acclimate him to your normal daily routine as soon as possible.
  2. Supervise your puppy at all times and interact with him or her on a regular basis.
  3. When you are unable to supervise the puppy, he should be in his crate so as not to get into trouble.
  4. An excellent way to supervise your puppy when out of his create is to attach a lunge line of approximately 6 feet to his collar and tie the other end on you. This way, you know where your puppy is at all times. When this gets to be too much trouble, he should go in his crate.
  5. Be alert for signs (sniffling and circling) that your puppy has to go to the bathroom, then take him or her outside immediately.
  6. When taking him outside, take him to the same area each day.
  7. Don’t punch an accident – never push his nose in the waste or scold him. He won’t understand and may learn to go to the bathroom only when you are out of sight.
  8. Praise your puppy every time he or she goes outside.
  9. Feed your puppy a food formula that is designed for puppies (they need a nutritious and highly digestible food).

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5 Tips to a Safe Halloween for Your Pet

Halloween is a fun time to dress up your furry pet, but keep in the mind the following safety tips as you celebrate this year.

Halloween Safety

1. Keep candy treats safely out of your pets reach. Chocolate poses a serious threat to your pets, as it contains theobromine (is a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant) and caffeine, which is toxic to your pets. Give them safe, nutritious doggies treats instead. Remember 1 – pound of chocolate can kill a 20 – 25 pound dog.

2. Keep your pets inside, away from trick-or-treaters or other Halloween activities. Backyards often become the targets of pranksters. Costumed children might frighten your dog or he/she might frighten the children. Make sure your pets don’t sneak out in all the excitement of frequently opened doors.

3. Keep pets away from live flame decorations such as candles and jack-o-laterns. Hanging decorations may become tangled or may even choke pets if chewed on.

4. Avoid costumes that confine your dog. Masks and flowing capes can create hazards. Rubber bands cut into the skin and can cause pain and infections. If you must, be sure you don’t restrict breathing, movement, vision, hearing, or barking. Nothing small, dangling, or easily chewed off pieces that your pet would chew on.

5. Pets are creatures of habit and can become stressed when their environment suddenly changes. They are better off if they can be protected from all the traditions of Halloween.

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