The 4th of July is just around the corner and it is a time where dog owners can even loose their beloved pet. Some dogs react severely to firework noise and some could care less. Below I have listed a few suggestions to help a dog owner keep their reactive dog safe during the 4th of July.
- Bring your dog indoors and make sure they cannot escape out of the house.
- Crate your dog in the quietest room and check up on them periodically during the evening.
- Darken the room and provide peaceful music.
- If needed medicate your dog with the advise of your veterinarian.
- During the day exercise your dog so they will be tired during the time when fireworks are used.
- If you do not own a crate leash your dog and keep them with you.
- Do not leave a dog unattended in a room by themselves they can get destructive and hurt themselves.
- If you are going to a 4th of July party make sure someone is watching your dog.
- Provide plenty of water for your dog he or she may pant a lot when stressed.
- Do not use loud fireworks at your home use ones that do not make noise.
Even the day after the 4th some people will continue to set off fireworks just be aware and continue to provide safety for your dog. Enjoy the 4th of July and Happy Independence Day.
Dog safety during the summer is very important for several reasons but mostly your pet can die if in the heat too long. What can you do to insure that your pet is safe during the hottest summer months:
- Never leave your dog in your car they can die within minutes.
- Do not walk your dog during the hottest part of the day.
- If you need to walk your dog keep the walk under 30 minutes and go during very early morning or late at night.
- Bring water for your dog during the walk.
- Test the ground if you cannot keep your hand on the sidewalk over 3 seconds than provide dog protective footwear such as dog booties.
- Wet your dog down before the walk or provide a cool vest.
- When outside provide plenty of cool fresh water and shade.
- Keep an eye out on your dog when they go outside you do not want them outside very long especially during the hottest part of the day.
- Provide a play pool with clean cool water if your dog needs to stay outside.
- Provide misters and fans on the patio.
- Some breeds like Pugs or French Bulldogs cannot tolerate heat so let them outside only to go potty.
- If your dog does get heat stroke place them in room temperature water and immediately call your vet for instructions.
- If your dog has high energy and needs to exercise consider a treadmill. If unsure how to train on a treadmill give me a call or contact a local trainer.
When working with people and dogs throughout the years I have had heard many times a statement that would always make me wonder why my clients were not achieving the end result that I was able to do with their dog. The statement is, “My dog behaves so much better when you are working him/her.” It started me thinking on how I could communicate to my clients what was the key ingredient that could give them the same results I was achieving. As a dog trainer my goals are many but one of the most important beside a well trained happy dog was an owner who was impressed with my services and time I spent with them. When working with a dog I like to help them mentally, physically and spiritually everyday. Mentally is challenging a dog to learn. I always start with basic obedience: heel, sit, stay, come, and down. I also add in some fun games that helps a dog understand what is needed from them. Challenging a dog mentally makes a smarter and happier animal. If you don’t challenge a dog mentally they can get bored and become destructive for instance, chewing up sprinkler head, digging big holes, tearing up carpet or ruining furniture just to name a few ways a dog can act out. They can become assertive and challenge you or family members by jumping on people, barking, growling, snapping, or even biting someone. When you work your dog in basic obedience and follow through with the commands correctly you will establish a hierarchy with your dog which is one of the key ingredients when living in a dog’s world. Remember we have to enter into their world which means understanding pack mentality. You need to establish a hierarchy in your family and the dogs are under all the humans in the family. Than you have to understand the hierarchy between your dogs if you have more than one. This is one of the key elements in bringing in harmony between humans and dog families.
When working with your dog physically that means challenging their bodies with physical exercise. When choosing an exercise program make sure your dog is physically fit. In today’s world a dog can have joint problems such as hip dysphasia, elbow dysphasia, or heart murmurs, seizures to name a few. Make sure your vet has given your dog a physical before starting any strenuous exercise program. Some exercises you can do with your dog are jogging, walking, swimming, hiking, agility, or fly ball. Also when exercising a puppy make sure it is not an exercise that stresses their joints at such an early age. If you have a high energy dog challenge them physically before you work them mentally. By harnessing their energy level it will help them be calmer when working them mentally.
When working with a dog’s spirit to me that includes loving your dog, feeding them the best of foods, providing clean water, grooming, providing a good home (shelter), and making sure they are in the best of health. It also includes the mental and physical aspect of their lives.
When owning a dog I believe the best way to achieve harmony with your dog is to daily exercise them, mentally challenge them, make sure their health is good and love them for their unique character.
Dogs bring so much enjoyment into our lives make sure their daily life is complete and you will have a companion for life.
In October 2008 a city worker was mauled, and nearly killed by two dogs while he was walking in a neighborhood during his lunch hour. The dogs attacked this man for nearly one hour; he was hospitalized for a month and had several surgeries to repair the damages done to his body.
The City of Phoenix decided to have an educational course to help educate the workers on the streets on canine safety. They never wanted to see another worker go through this horrible experience. I was asked to conduct these seminars, and our goal was to outreach 700 workers in two months.
During this time I began to realize that everyone could benefit from this knowledge because dog attacks are not uncommon and it would empower people to know their options.
You can start training your puppy at 8 weeks of age
The sooner you start training the sooner your puppy will begin to learn good behaviors. Because they are just puppies their attention span is much shorter than the normal 20 minutes allowed for adolescent or adult dogs. The ideal training schedule is to work your puppy on leash for 10 minutes in the a.m. and 10 minutes in the p.m. for at least 5 to7 days a week. During the week the puppy owner can have mini sessions in the house working on other basic obedience skills practicing 5 minutes at a time. During this time the puppy will begin to take on good house manners.
Example: Have your puppy sit before you give him his meal. You can also practice the come command in this manner as well by calling your puppy’s name each time you feed him. Young puppies like your attention and will usually come when called. Creating good habits now will allow obedience training to go much more smoothly later on.
Often I hear my puppy is chewing up my shoes, my sprinklers, my hands, and my credit cards, etc. How to stop this destruction? One of the golden rules is never leave a puppy unattended when at home and restrain the puppy or dog when you can’t watch him. This way bad behavior won’t be developing when you are not watching your puppy. Crates, kennels, x-pens, and leashes are some of the tools used to restrain a puppy. In the meantime, you can start teaching your puppy through the seeding game which toys are his/hers and which items are not.
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When a puppy mouths, he is constantly putting his mouth on your hand, your arm, leg or anything that belongs to you, including shoes, socks, clothes, etc.
Reasons Puppies Mouth:
- Teething. The first set of teeth comes in 3-4 weeks after birth. Permanent set of teeth start coming in at 6 weeks and this process can last until the dog is 6 months of age. During this time a dog’s mouth can become very sore, inflamed or bled. Mouthing is a way a dog can relieve some of this pain.