Bang! That's the sound of fireworks being set off on Wednesday. Fireworks can be quite traumatic for some dogs, so this newsletter talks about some ways to keep your dog safe. Also included in this month's publication are some questions to ask potential dog sitters before you embark on summer fun.
I also wanted to share with you Dustin's 6th adopitversary celebration. June is always a really fun month for Dustin and me because it is his adoptiversary month! On June 19, 2012 he came home with me from animal control. Each year to celebrate I make him a cake, have him take some cute pictures, and then of course, let him eat some cake! Thanks for Reading!
Fourth of July Safety
Fourth of July is the most dangerous times of year for dogs. More dogs get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. I hope you will read through this newsletter entirely, but if you don’t, and there is only get one thing out of it, please, please, understand that July 4th is dangerous for your dog.
Although we cannot do anything about the stress that 4th of July causes for many of our dogs, we can take a few proactive measures to ensure their safety.
Make sure that your dog is wearing an ID tag with up to date information. If your dog does go missing this will make it easier for the finder to reach out.
Try to get your dog well exercised earlier in the day. That way they can hopefully sleep through the fireworks.
During fireworks, leave your dog indoors. Inside the yard does not count- panicked dogs can escape, or injure themselves trying to escape. Make sure windows and doors are securely fastened. While fireworks are sounding, give your dog a stuffed Kong with whatever they think is the most delicious thing in the world.
Play classical music or the tv for your dog while fireworks are happening.
If your dog tends to be anxious about loud noises, or has had a hard time dealing with fireworks in the past, talk to your vet about the possibility of a short term sedative or an anti-anxiety medication.
Questions to ask a Potential Dog Sitter
It can be tough leaving our beloved pooches with others. Summer is the season of lake houses, weakens at the ocean and trips across the country, and unfortunately aren’t always able to come with us. So, what do we do? Well, there are a few options. One would be leaving your dog at a kennel. Another would be leaving your dog at someone else’s house. And another option could be having someone stay at your house with your dog. Regardless of which option you choose, there are some basic questions you might want to ask to ensure your dog’s safety and happiness while you are apart.
Are they bonded and insured?
Do they have any past reviews you can view?
What would they do if my dog was injured or sick?
How would they keep my dog safe out on walks?
What would they do if my dog was being naughty or otherwise misbehaving?
What is included with this price (many places include breakfast and dinner, and maybe a walk or two, at some places you have to pay for walks, etc)?
How long would my dog be along for?
How many updates can I expect to receive?
Puppy Socialization NYC: How to Safely Socialize Your Puppy in the Big Apple
The most critical part of puppy-hood is proper socialization. More important than potty training, obedience or anything else. Many of my puppy clients come to me knowing that socialization is a something they should do. What people don’t always realize is that the first 12 weeks of a puppy’s life are the most critical time for socialization. During this time dogs are more accepting of new environments and experiences. Puppy-hood is a time to be proactive and prevent problem behaviors from developing. The goal of this blog post is not to tell you how many people or dogs your puppy needs to meet; it is to stress the importance of proper puppy socialization and help guide you through that process. Continue...
Last Month's Blog Post:
Retractable Leash Safety
I’ll admit it, I have a been keeping a big secret. Ok, here it goes - I sometimes walk my dog on a retractable leash. Gasp! I know, how could I?
Retractable leashes can be a bit of a controversial topic. Some people love them, some people hate them. Unfortunately, they are often misused and it frustrates me to see dogs on retractable leashes posing a danger to themselves, and to other dogs and people. Retractable leashes should not be your everyday leash that sits by the door and is clipped on at every walk. It should be your special occasion leash. The once and a while, when the feeling is right, leash. Continue...
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