Questions You May Want to Ask Your Day Care Provider

  1. Is there a risk of my dog getting injured?
  2. Do all dogs drink water out of the same bowl?
  3. How many people are watching the dogs in day care?
  4. How many dogs are together in day care?
  5. Do you separate large and small dogs?
  6. Do you separate puppies from mature dogs?
  7. Are they supervised at all times?
  8. How long are the sessions?
  9. How long are the dogs in crates?
  10. How big is the area that dogs play in? (Should be 70 – 100 sq ft/dog)
  11. How do you break up dog flights?
  12. What kind of training do the care takers in day care have?
  13. Are vaccines required?
  14. What do the dogs play on?
  15. If boarding overnight, when do the dogs get let out?
  16. Is there someone in the building at night?Image
  17. What time do the dogs get let out in the evenings/mornings?
  18. Are all dogs neutered or spayed?

Other things to keep in mind:

– Dogs, like people have bad days and become aggressive.

– Some dogs have no desire to become part of a group.

– Some dogs don’t do well with a high level of physical and emotional activity everyday.

– Dogs cannot play eight hours a day.

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10 Reasons To Use A Crate For Your Dog’s Home

  1. Crating a dog prevents it from chewing on electrical cords, eating poisonous plants, toxic fluids, or nylon socks. All can be very dangerous to a young pet left at home alone.
  2. Housebreaking your pet doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal. Take advantage of the dogs’ natural tendency to keep its sleeping area clean. Be sure you crate your puppy only for as long as it can reasonably control its bladder and bowels.
  3. Protect your property. The cost of a crate is a bargain compared to the cost of replacing furniture or other belongings that he could destroy.
  4. Introduce chew toys. Give your dog time in his crate to become engrossed in chewing on a toy and stay out of mischief.
  5. Use the crate as a “time out.” It gives the pet time to regainImage its composure so he can interact with you when you are ready.
  6. Curb and prevent separation anxiety. You have your dog, but you can’t spend every minute of your day with him. The crate can teach him how to enjoy spending time alone.
  7. Use the crate to travel safely. A crate is a great way to keep your pet safe; whether traveling by car or airplane.
  8. A crate can provide security. This is a place your dog can call home. If your household is busy, it’s place he can “get away.”
  9. You can put his food and water in the crate. Put him in often for short periods of time to get him to used to it. An occasional treat helps him when in the crate.
  10. It can also be used as a hospital room. If your pet is sick or injured, his home becomes his hospital room. Hot packs, cold packs, movement restrictions, and giving medications are easier when the pet is safe in his room.

A dog in the wild would dig a hole in the side of the hill and use this spot for resting. He comes out to eat and relieve himself and then goes back in his den. A crate is not a cruel thing. It’s where our dog can find security and rest. Notice how often a dog will lay under a table or chair. The crate gives him his own home.

Cool Weather Tips

Do you take your dog with you when you go hunting, cross country skiing, or any other fall and winter sports? You put a thick coat on and still do not feel comfortable. Well think of your dog. He should be conditioned also. Just like you and I, it takes time to get into shape gradually. If your pooch happens to be a couch potato, you need to get him out and begin conditioning him. Here are some helpful hints…

1. Get an update on your vaccinations and have your veterinarian examine your pet’s heart, lungs, muscles, tendons, joints, and foot pads. Older dogs with hip or elbow dysplacia suffer more in colder weather and may need some pain reliever.

2. Spend time with your dog outside everyday.

3. Provide a good diet. This will help grow a thick winter coat, strengthen muscles, and provide fuel for running and keeping warm.

4. Brush your dog regularly to get rid of loose and dead hair and bring out the natural oils that moisturize and waterproof your dog’s coat.

5. Have your dog sleep in a cooler place rather than by the fireplace to help build up his coat.

6. Have towels to wipe off and dry his paws.

7. Be sure he has drinking water. Do not let it freeze. Dehydration contributes to hypothermia.

8. Have some high fat, moderate protein energy snacks available.

Cold weather can be enjoyable! We don’t need to hide until springtime. With a little preparation we can all have a safe and fun time! Image