Winter Activities for Dogs

We always get asked what there is to do with dogs in the winter months. Many times people just stay indoors! There’s so much to do outside that it’s a shame to stay in the house.
In the following article from Blue Pearl, they explain all the activities that you can do with your dog.

Winter is here, which means cold, snowy weather is creeping in. Your dog may not be able to enjoy the dog beach or a sunny day at the park, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have fun.

There are many ways to include your dog in the snowy fun – but it is important to first review important winter safety tips for pets. Here are some of the basics:Golden Retriever enjoying playing in the snow. Winter Wonderland, Bear Valley California

Limit your dog’s time outdoors in the cold weather.
Consider dressing your pup in booties and/or a sweater to help keep him warm. Read the whole article here.

The above article begins with how to keep your dog safe in cold weather – then they discuss all these great activities to do with your dog.  Having an electric dog fence allows a lot of these winter activities to happen. You don’t have to have your dog on a leash when you have the Dog Guard Fence.

Snow maze – This clever idea gained popularity after dog owners started sharing videos of their snow mazes, such as this one, on social media. To make a snow maze for your dog, simply create narrow pathways in your yard with a snow shovel. Then connect the pathways in fun, twisty patterns like a maze. Once you create your maze, release your dog and watch him navigate through the pathways. Not only will your dog get plenty of exercise running through the maze, but he will also get mental stimulation from trying to find his way out.We always get asked what there is to do with dogs in the winter months. Many times people just stay indoors! There’s so much to do outside that it’s a shame to stay in the house.

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Signs of food allergies in dogs

Development is the key word here. In puppies, food allergies require some time and regular exposure to a particular allergen to be able to cause symptoms. While they can grow in puppies, for many dogs, allergies to foods may appear any time between 3 and 12 years old. Since fur obscures a lot of their skin, it is fortunate that the reddish or inflamed skin which indicates dogs’ allergic reactions are in areas that are easy to see:

Genital area

If your dog suddenly concentrates on one or more one of these areas, either with repetitive licking, biting, scratching or biting, these may be early signs of a food allergy. Vomiting or diarrhea can be signs of food allergies in dogs, but if you’ve switched your puppy to another food, it is far more probable that these are temporary responses as your pet’s digestive system adjusts. Allergies don’t manifest immediately, but over time and with repeated ingestion of an allergen.

If these occur, see your vet immediately.

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5 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care

5 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care

This week is National Pet Week. The theme for this week, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is helping pet owners practice responsible pet care. A fun way to celebrate National Pet Week, and get your kids involved, is by teaching your child responsible pet care.

Teaching your child responsible pet care is a great learning tool for the future. These skills will help your child learn about responsibility above and beyond just caring for a pet. Learning responsible pet care will encourage that responsibility in other aspects of life, too.

5 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care

But, how exactly do you teach a child about responsible pet care? With the time, patience, and education it will be a task you will wish you would have tackled earlier. Here are 5 ways to teach your child responsible pet care.

1. Set a positive example of responsible pet care to your children.
As parents, we are all quite aware of how well our children mock our everyday situations in life. The same goes for how we care for our pets. Make sure that you continually display positive examples of responsible pet care to your children.

Even simple behaviors, such as feeding the dog, can show your children what responsible pet care is all about.

2. Teach children about the “downside” of pet care.
We all know that caring for pets isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. There are messes to be cleaned. As well as dirty beds and bowls to be washed. Have your child involved in these activities.

Another possible “downside” of pet ownership is going to the dreaded veterinary office. If your child is old enough to sit through an appointment, take with them with you. This will be a great learning experience for them.

3. Keep a list of daily responsibilities that encourage responsible pet care.
Have a list of daily responsibilities geared towards responsible pet care available for everyone in the family to see. This is a great visual tool to help children see what all goes into being a responsible pet owner.

A great idea is using a dry erase board. This will make it easy to check off the pet care responsibilities on a daily basis.

4. Don’t make responsible pet care a punishment.
Chores aren’t something most children enjoy. Let’s be honest, they aren’t something most people enjoy in general. So, you probably don’t want to make your child pick up dog poop if he or she misbehaves.

Making your child show responsible pet care because he or she misbehaves doesn’t encourage responsible pet care. Instead, doing this can lead to your child having a vengeance against their pet. Which is the total opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish.

5. Make your child PROUD when they practice responsible pet care.
Did your child feed the dog without you having to tell them? Make sure you give them a pat on the back! Who doesn’t enjoy a little praise when they do something? Especially when they were never told to do it. The same goes for children who practice responsible pet care.

When you see your child doing a pet chore, without you having to ask them, make sure you display how proud of them you are. As a result, they will want to spend more time doing the right thing.

Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care for a Positive Outlook on Lifelong Responsibilities

As a conclusion, teaching your child about responsible pet care will lead to a lifelong understanding and respect of responsibilities. All you need is a little patience and time to make your child the most responsible pet owner you know.

How Dogs Can Benefit Those in Assisted Living

How Dogs Can Benefit Those in Assisted Living

As we continue National Pet Week, we would like to let you know more about how dogs can help those in assisted living situations.

According to the American Senior Communities blog, around 1 million seniors receive some sort of assisted living service. Unfortunately, a lot of seniors who are in assisted living is because they do not have adult children and/or family available to care for them. This is unfortunate because at least 35% of seniors living in assisted living stay a year or longer.

Most assisted living communities strive to keep the seniors at the facility socially active. They provide them with chances to mingle with others. If family is close, their family is able to come and visit them on a regular basis. But, some seniors do not have that luxury. As a result, staying in assisted living can become lonely. This loneliness may lead to a long road of depression. That’s where dogs and assisted living come into the picture.

Dogs and Senior Citizens in Assisted Living

Many assisted living facilities have two options who want the companionship of a dog during their stay. Some facilities allow seniors to bring their pets with them. Others allow pets to come visit the center on a regular basis. This allows senior citizens the chance to interact, pet, and talk to the dogs.

Dogs can benefit those in assisted living. Statistics show that seniors who have a dog near during their assisted living seem less stressed than those without. Dogs who visit or live in assisted living with a senior offer companionship. That companionship that many senior citizens look forward to.

As a conclusion, studies actually show that having a dog can in fact improve the overall health of seniors living in assisted living. It’s shown that dogs can decrease stress, decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and improve a senior citizen’s overall mood. Dogs are also a great way for senior citizens in assisted living to have a chance to increase their energy.

Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet: The Pros and Cons

Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet: The Pros and Cons

This week is National Pet Week. Each year, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) adds a theme to National Pet Week. The theme for this year encourages responsible pet ownership. One of the ways that pet owners practice this is by feeding their dog a well balanced diet.

There’s a lot of talk among the pet community in regards to what all is put in our pet’s foods. Over the past couple of years the economy hasn’t done well. As a result, pet owners and pet food manufacturers alike are trying to find ways to cut costs. One of the way pet food manufacturers attempt to do this is by filling foods with what’s known as “fillers”. Fillers are foods that are added to your pet’s food that do not have any real nutritional benefits.

The use of fillers have really alarmed pet owners. Leading many of them to the art of making their own food for their pets. Included in this change is usually what we call a raw dog food diet. But, like with any diet, a raw food diet may not work as well for one dog as it would the next. Plus, like with any dog food, there are pros and cons to feeding your dog a raw dog food diet.

What is a Raw Dog Food Diet?

Simply put, a raw dog food diet is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a mixture of the rawest meats, vegetables, and fruits. In fact, it’s the closest thing you will get to what your dog would eat if he or she was still in the wild.

Another way you may have heard of a raw dog food diet is what’s called the BARF diet. The BARF diet stands for “Bones and Raw Food” or also “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food”.

The Pros and Cons of Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet

You’re probably thinking there’s no way feeding a raw dog food diet can have cons. Especially if it’s what was in the original diet dog’s eat. Well, most dogs now, as you may know, are domesticated. So, in a way their diet needs have changed a bit.

Raw dog food diets have long played a part in a working dog’s diet. Breeds such as Greyhounds, who are quite active, may benefit from a raw dog food diet. Dog owners who support a diet that consists of raw food boast that their dogs tend to have healthier skin, shiny coats, and teeth that are clean. Some even believe that a raw dog food diet also is beneficial because it gives dog’s more energy. As well as smaller stools. Which can really be a winner when you have an 150+ pound dog.

Veterinarians and the Food and Drug Administration have argued the benefits of raw dog food diets. The diet is mostly disagreed with because of the potential bacteria risk in raw meat. This bacteria can be harmful to you and your dog. Another reason a raw dog food diet is controversial is due to the fact that most veterinarians do not see it as a balanced diet. As a result, they believe a raw diet, if fed for a long period of time, is more harmful to a dog’s health than beneficial.

In conclusion, feeding a raw dog food diet has its pros and cons. The same concept goes for any food that you feed to your dog. So, touching base with your veterinarian is definitely the best way to find out if a raw dog food diet is right for your dog.


How to Choose a Veterinarian

National Pet Week: How to Choose a Veterinarian

This week, May 7 – 13, is National Pet Week. Each year, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has a theme in relation to National Pet Week. This year the theme is dedicated to pet owners practicing responsible pet ownership. One way owners can practice responsible pet ownership this National Pet Week is by finding a good veterinarian for their pets.

Depending on where you live, there may be a lot of veterinarian options near you. That can be overwhelming. But, by taking the right steps, finding the best veterinarian for your situation will be a breeze.

So, in honor of National Pet Week, take some time out and find a veterinarian you can trust for your furry (or feathered, hairless, etc.) family.

Choosing a Veterinarian This National Pet Week? Make Sure You Consider This!

When you’re choosing a veterinarian there are a few things you will want to consider before you begin your search. You want to find a veterinarian that you fits your family’s lifestyle. You’ll want to consider office hours, pets that are treated, after hour options, and services that are offered. You want to ensure that the veterinarian you choose fits your lifestyle the best.

Veterinary clinic office hours are especially important if you work. Getting a day off for an appointment for your dog can be tough. Unless your boss is an amazing person who loves pets. If it’s the latter, you’ll want to find an office that you can visit that won’t interfere with your work schedule.

With So Many Options, What’s The Best Way to Find a Veterinarian This National Pet Week?

Word of mouth is always an excellent way to find any recommendation. The same goes for when you are looking for a veterinarian for your pets. But, there are other avenues you can take.

Social media is a great tool for reviews and recommendations. You can reach out to your friends on social media. Most veterinary offices have social media accounts. You can search for them and read the comments and/or reviews. Plus, take a look at how involved they are with their clients.

In addition to word-of-mouth and social media, you can go straight to the internet. Using search engines such as Yahoo!, Bing, and Google can help you find reviews of veterinary offices near you.

Once you find an office with great reviews, you can check out their website or give them a call. Most veterinary offices have a website now. Many of the websites list important information has contact information, services offered, pets treated, office hours, etc.. This makes it convenient for you to narrow down your veterinarian choices.

However you go about choosing a veterinarian this National Pet Week, always keep your pet’s best interest in mind. Ensure that you and your pets get what is deserved.

What is National Pet Week?

What is National Pet Week?

National Pet Week is usually celebrated the first week of May. This year, National Pet Week is celebrated from May 7 – 13th, 2017. The American Veterinary Medical Association founded this week 35 years ago.

Each year, the American Veterinary Medical Association places a theme with National Pet Week. This year the theme focuses on pet owners and the lifetime commitment they make for their pets. But, the main focus isn’t just the food, water, and shelter we provide them. It’s about providing them with the necessary veterinarian visits to keep our pets happy and healthy.

National Pet Week: The AVMA’s Challenge to Pet Owners and Veterinarians This Week

This National Pet Week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) wants to help pet owners nationwide provide the best possible care for their pets. As a result, they’ve set up 7 tips for pet owners. There’s a tip for each day on the AVMA National Pet Week website.

The tips range from choosing the right pet for your family to taking a visit to your veterinarian. Other tips include getting out and exercising and understanding the value you bring when you spay or neuter your pets. As well as preparing for emergencies and socialization.

Pretty much, the challenge is set up to promote responsible pet ownership. The main goal of the 7 day challenge during National Pet Week is for pet owners to promote a happier, healthier pet in 7 days.

But, of course, pet owner’s commitment doesn’t stop here. The AVMA also wants to promote pet owners providing their pets with a “lifetime of love” this National Pet Week. As always, the AVMA wants YOU to remember what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. So, this National Pet Week, and beyond, always remember the key phrases when it comes to responsible pet ownership: commit, invest, obey, identify, limit, and prepare.

For more information on the AVMA’s 7 day challenge during National Pet Week, you can visit their website here

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Leading 10 Reasons to Adopt out of a Pet Shelter…

1. You spare a life.

Most pets at our sanctuary require a second opportunity. They have been truly lost, surrendered or deserted. They are all unwanted and defenseless. You are providing a new future in a caring home.

2. You help shatter the pattern of dog overpopulation.

Currently there are not nearly enough homes for all of the pets that are born each year. Adopting from a shelter assists weaken the pet

overpopulation pattern. Yearly 8 to 12 million dogs, felines, pups and kittens are euthanized due to the fact that there are just simply inadequate homes for all of them.

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Adopt a Shelter Dog and Make a Friend for Life!

3. You help prevent cruelty in mass reproducing centers.

All throughout the nation, countless industrial pet-breeding centers and back garden dog breeders generate countless animals up for sale in family pet shops and via newspaper advertisements. Typically referred to as puppy and kitten mills, these establishments continuously fertilize female dogs which spend their whole lives in crates without having human friendship. These unlucky creatures are typically in unbearable settings, forced to create litter upon litter, and are destroyed right after they end up being unprofitable possessions. Adopting a shelter pet shows you do not promote this kind of heartless methods.

4. You make the most of adopting an adult animal.

Adult animals are great! Often they are readily housetrained and some can even “sit” or “stay.” You won’t need to take care of the “puppy faze” or the “kitten faze” which means less of that youthful energy such as biting, chewing, clawing, etc. You will have the ability to see the character of the adult animal and won’t have to wait to see what you get.

5. You get a life long useful resource with shelter workers and volunteers.

People who work at the shelter will be a great resource to help you find information or learning resources for your pet. Our staff members deal with animals every day and have a wealth of information on various issues.

6. You select from a great variety of animals.

Our shelter offers a variety that you won’t find anyplace else. We have specific breeds as well as the greatest mutts you’ll ever find. We have greater than 9,000 animals come through our doors each year!

7. You adopt a pet who has received good care.

All animals that come to the shelter are admitted by experienced staff. They are given shots upon arrival and go through a behavior screening process. (Please ask your Adoption Counselor for details). We have several vet associates that come to our shelter weekly and are there to assist us with medical care issues and concerns.

8. You promote a valuable charitable organization and community institution.

Unfortunately, every town in America needs an animal shelter. When you adopt a pet from our shelter, you help a not-for-profit organization, but also send a message to others who will be asking you for years to come where you acquired your adorable pet. Shelters improve the neighborhood by mandating that adopted animals be spayed or neutered. This condition diminishes possibilities that more undesirable animals will enter the world.

9. You pay a lot less.

Low adoption fees (which cover a portion of the shelter’s costs) are much less than the cost of purebred puppies or kittens sold for profit.

10. You advocate others to adopt animals from shelters.

When your close friends ask where you got your amazing pet, you can tell them “at the shelter.” Your adoption may motivate others to do the same.

Everything You Ought to Learn about Pet ID Tags as well as Microchips

Everything You Ought to Learn about Pet ID Tags as well as Microchips

Coping with a lost dog is each and every pet owner’s most awful nightmare. In the unlikely event it does happen, you’ll be grateful you took a few precautionary actions to guarantee your dog or cat winds up safely back in your home, snuggled up with you once more. Pet ID tags and microchips can help.

ID Tag Basics

It is essential to your pet’s safety and security that he wears an ID tag at all times. Your pet’s tag must include his name, city, and your telephone number. A cell phone is typically the most ideal phone number to include on the tag in the event someone calls while you’re not in your home or the workplace. If your family pet has a large tag, you can also put your full address. Be sure to keep your info updated.

With a selection of pet ID tags readily available, getting the right one is very easy. From all-weather tags for energetic animals– to lighter weight ones that don’t rattle so loudly– there is something for every single pet.

Microchips Work Wonders

Even though pet ID tags are a simple way to identify your puppy or cat, the fact is they are not permanent. Tags and dog collars are able to come off, and your contact details together with them. Microchips, however, give immediate accessibility to your pet’s details.

Even if your beloved pet is lost over a thousand miles away, possessing a chip can deliver her home once more. NBC reported that a lost Pomeranian called Koda managed to get all the way from Arkansas to San Diego, California, before being turned in to a refuge and checked for a microchip. After many months of hunting, her owners were thrilled to get a phone call that she was found. A miracle, all because of a very small chip smaller than a grain of rice.

Here’s how microchips operate:

Much like a vaccination, inserting a microchip is really an easy technique that takes just a few seconds. The chip is going to be inserted with an applicator underneath the skin layer between the shoulder blades.

Microchips are actually highly affordable. They normally cost about fifty dollars and never have to be switched out.

As soon as your pet is microchipped, you must sign up your pet’s contact details.
If your pet dog is microchipped you may desire to take into consideration including one more tag to your pet’s dog collar with the name and telephone number of the microchip business.

Travel Tags

Whenever you are taking a trip with your family pet, you ought to also add a temporary ID tag to your pet’s dog collar. The temporary tag ought to consist of your cell phone number, as well as the address where you are staying. If you are intending several stops on your get-away, have a few tags made up and change them out along your way. It is also beneficial to bring along a current picture of your dog or cat. A picture makes looking for a lost pet a lot easier.

Pet ID tags and microchips can make an enormous difference in reuniting you with your lost dog or cat. Take a very little time to become proactive regarding your pet’s safety and security and it will definitely bring home a more than happy ending for everybody.


How to Prepare Your Dog for Your Newborn

How to Prepare Your Dog for Your Newborn

If you are like much of the population, your four-legged friend is your very first “infant.” Many people stress needlessly about how their dog will handle a baby in their life. Lots of owners consider getting rid of the household animals because of worries that they will damage the infant. Please do not do this unless there is no other option. A lot of dogs, when dealt with and trained appropriately, can manage life with a newborn very well.

Kids and family pets make wonderful buddies when raised properly together and taught ways to behave with each other. Kids that mature in a home with family pets discover regard and love for animals, and more importantly, respect for life. As the children grow older they can learn responsibility by helping to look after the animals. Animals improve our and our children’s lives beyond belief.

Having a baby can cause issues for both humans and dogs, as the dog tends to be treated in a different way, and because of this, may act in a different way. Some owners baby the pet more, causing the dog to become spoiled and tough to handle. Other owners get over-stressed and penalize the pet for typical, curious behavior toward the child. Frequently our animals are the center of our world, our “children” if you would, and can get “jealous” if not geared up to manage losing that status to the brand-new baby. If you are willing to make the time and effort to prepare your animals for the new arrival, everyone can reside in harmony.

Sometimes the dogs end up being overprotective of the infant. Lots of owners take pleasure in as well as prefer the dog being a guard for the infant. While it is typical for the dog to become protective of the baby, it threatens for the pet dog to end up being overprotective and not let anyone near the baby. All the above situations can cause the canine being kicked out of your house!

As you are making preparations to bring house child, you need to prepare your pet for the exact same ahead of time if possible. While most pet dogs will be very mild with the infant, lots of canines do not see children as humans due to the fact that of their size, smell, and the strange noises they make. By making the effort to offer your pet dog some extra love and attention he need to be great and not rely on bad habits to obtain your attention. You need to prepare and inform your pet dog for exactly what lies ahead. This will guarantee that they are all set and happy to accept the brand-new family member with open and caring paws.

Using calming treatments (herbs, aromatherapy, oils) and or prescription medications are likewise an option to assist in a better acted canine. You can speak with your vet to ask about these products and the implications associated with their use. I am a believer in the holistic approach whenever possible, rather of using drugs.

Please, please constantly understand that your pet dog is an animal and animals can bite or do hurt to a child, deliberately or unintentionally. No matter how well-behaved or caring your pet dog is NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE WITH YOUR BABY! I can not worry this sufficient. Accidents can take place. You do not want to harm your baby or need to eliminate your canine since of an unfortunate, and potentially avoidable, occurrence.

If you are not sure that your canine will accept your brand-new infant, please seek the recommendations of an expert trainer or behaviorist before making any choices.

Believe it or not, your behavior with, and towards your dog matters. It can make or break your canine’s acceptance of and regard for your child. If you act like a leader, you will be dealt with like a leader. You want your pet dog to appreciate every human being in your household, including your infant. You should teach your pet dog respect for the infant. This will make life simpler for all those included.

Be firm but fair-.

Do not let your canine get away with things, however don’t be a drill sergeant either! Attempt to make any corrections as mild as possible, but make sure they are effective. Try to have fun with your pet and the training – you both need to enjoy it or neither one will wish to continue!

Your intonation matters-.

DO NOT SHOUT at your pet dog! Convey the significance of the command through the intonation – match your voice to what you are telling your dog. Commands must be brief and succinct, in a low, practically growling voice. Your voice needs to not get greater as you provide the command. Do not sing to your canine or ask the dog a concern! You will not get the answer you want! When providing praise, seem like you indicate it! It ought to be the reverse of a command – greater pitched and enthusiastic. If your pet dog gets excessively delighted when you praise him, tone it down a bit and speak softly. Your pet will still comprehend that he is doing an excellent task, however he will be less most likely to leap around and be insane.

Be calm and assertive-.

Our pets feed off of our energies and emotions. This impacts their habits and responses. If we are unwinded and positive, our pet dogs will feel the very same, and know that we are LEADING them, and they do not have to lead us.

Use a dog crate-.

If your pet dog does not already utilize a crate, now is the time to begin. A crate is not harsh, it can really be a wonderful and safe location for your canine. Confining your pet at certain times, such as for sleep or times when you can not supervise, is no various than putting your baby in its baby crib for the exact same. It is actually extremely easy to teach your pet to accept being in the cage. Many people think that a pet dog who has actually not used a cage before will have a tough time, but that is not typically true. My two older dogs began utilizing the crate when they were 7 and 8 years of ages, about the time my boy started crawling and exploring on his own. This allowed me to understand that both my child and my pets were safe and nothing bad could happen. Your kid can be hurt by your pet dog as easy as your child might injure your dog. The problem depends on the fact that if the pet makes the tiniest threat to your baby or even accidentally injures your baby, it is your pet dog’s fault. It is unfair to the dog for something like that to take place due to the fact that you were not monitoring the 2 together at all times!

Remove bad manners-.

Bad manners can not be accepted as they can be dangerous to a new baby and a brand-new mother. Leaping and nipping are behaviors that need to be stopped right now. Taking and rough-play likewise need to be nipped in the bud instantly.

Teach your pet dog the best ways to be calm and mild, by applauding and treating this habit.

Working commands into everyday life and play makes listening simple and normal for your pet. It becomes natural to the canine and it is less-likely that your pet dog will be out-of-control. It is also good for you too, as it ensures that you are training your dog everyday, making you the leader – not the fan.

Exercise is essential for good habits-.

As I mentioned previously in the guide, exercise is imperative for your pet. This makes sure that your pet will be much better behaved since it does not have the energy to misbehave! Routine strolls are very important. If you do not have the time to walk for miles, using a doggie knapsack can make a brief walk appear like a long walk for your dog. A pet dog backpack immediately puts your dog into work mode, which will help to tire her brain. If you equally stabilize some weight on each side, such as water bottles, it will further the amount of physical energy that is used up by your dog. Teaching your dog to stroll well next to the stroller is likewise important. It is very challenging and hazardous to have a pet pulling and out of control while trying to navigate a stroller. If you plan to utilize an infant provider, sling, knapsack or car seat your canine has to act on the leash and walk with you, not pull you. It is a smart idea to experiment the devices prior to infant comes (utilize a doll in place of the child) so that you can exercise any kinks or problems.

Have routine obedience sessions with your canine so that she does not forget her commands and keeps in mind that she has to listen at all times. This likewise assists to tire her brain! Attempt to work the commands into everyday life so that it becomes second nature to her.

Is your canine permitted on your furnishings?-.

If your canine is currently allowed on the furnishings you might wish to reevaluate this as your infant will likely be on the furniture a lot. Canine hair and dirt can aggravate your child. You also don’t wish to need to continuously clean up after the pet. Your canine might likewise inadvertently hurt the baby jumping up on the furniture or rearranging himself. It’s finest to limit access to the furniture so that problems do not occur.

Time-out for your pet dog-.

Be sure you offer your dog time far from the infant to settle. Time outs are an efficient tool to permit your dog to keep its sanity as well as for when they are doing something incorrect.

Your new schedule and your pet-.

It is time to adjust the canine’s schedule to familiarize her with the approaching changes. Think realistically about the time you will have for the pet for things such as strolls, feeding, potty breaks, play and attention. Attempt to keep the schedule consistent for your canine so that she does not feel unnecessary tension from the changes that are occurring before your baby shows up. Having as little disturbances as possible will help to accomplish this objective. When your dog feels safe and is utilized to the brand-new routine, try to begin having minor variations in your everyday happenings. When your baby shows up things do not constantly go as prepared. You can have every intent of remaining on schedule and undoubtedly something will change that schedule! Children do not follow schedules! Do aim to remain on schedule, when possible, so that your pet is allowed some semblance of a regular. Canines feel security when the guidelines and regimens remain the same.

Pay less attention to your pet-.

It is now time to teach the pet to expect less attention from you in one sitting. As soon as the baby arrives you will not have the same quantity of quality time to invest with your pet, however it is still important to make time for your pet dog. Set up regular 5 to 10 minute sessions each day where you pay full focus on your canine. You can do things such as play, grooming, petting or just talk to your dog. This allows your canine to comprehend that he is still a vital part of your life. You need to teach the pet dog that this time may be with or without the baby. This is likewise a good time for you to unwind and loosen up as pets are really therapeutic. Understand that if you have more than one animal, each will need individual attention if possible. You can also offer the pack the attention at the very same time, providing they get along, or allow them to play together to burn energy.

Your dog needs to be calm and well balanced-.

You need to make sure that your pet is calm and well balanced prior to baby enters the house. It is essential for your dog to learn ways to be calm so that he does not hurt you or the infant. Your canine needs to be stabilized so that he does not stress needlessly and act out wrongly. If your pet dog is not calm and balanced there are ways to help you accomplish this. Training and workout are good places to begin to accomplish a calm and well balanced canine. If these do not work your pet dog might have something incorrect with him, such as a mental or physical issue. Speak with your vet and regional canine behaviorist or trainer. They must be able to steer you in the right instructions. They can help encourage you of the path you must take, whether habits modification, medication, or holistic remedies.

Is your pet dog gentle?-.

Teaching your dog ways to be mild is extremely essential so that he will not accidentally injure the child. Numerous pet dogs utilize their teeth excessive and have to be taught the proper way to use their mouths – without the teeth!

Does your pet dog jump?-.

If your dog is a jumper, mentor proper greetings will assist to curb this issue. It is important that your dog can see individuals without leaping or getting overly excited. When the baby comes home there will most likely be great deals of people visiting and he will have to be on his best behavior. It also assists in the correct, gentle habits your pet must have around the infant.

How will my dog be rough with her?-.

Teaching your canine exactly what to physically anticipate from your child is very crucial so that she is able to cope with and understand what to do when infant pulls, strikes or pushes her. Infants and kids are not always gentle by nature, and have to be taught how to be so. Your canine likewise needs to learn the best ways to handle these behaviors from his little leaders. Start to carefully handle your dog in a rougher fashion while praising good behavior and gently, if possible, correcting inappropriate behavior such as nipping or mouthing. Children have the tendency to animal approximately, pull ears and tails, put their hands in the pet dog’s face and touch delicate locations on the dog. You have to mimic these behaviors in order to teach your dog exactly what to expect and how to handle it appropriately. Make it a day-to-day habit to have time on the flooring with your dog touching every part of his body in a caring fashion. This is good because it enables the pet dog to accept touch in areas that it might not desire touched. It also teaches the pet to be mild while on the flooring and to be submissive to you and your infant. Do this slowly and your pet dog will comprehend.

Obedience training your canine-.

Your pet dog has to be obedience experienced and have fundamental manners. I suggest that you enlist in a training class if you can. Inspect your local training clubs, or centers, for classes and ensure to observe a class so that you can see how they train. Make sure that you are comfy with their techniques and the instructors. If you are not allowed to observe a class, please look in other places. Fitness instructors who are legitimate ought to have no problem with this and motivate you to do so.

The following are some basic commands and actions that your dog ought to have the ability to do to ensure that he will listen and be under control:.

  • Walk well on a leash
  • Sit.
  • Down.
  • Stay.
  • Leave-it.
  • NO.
  • Understand limits.
  • Peaceful.
  • Attention/Look.
  • Drop-it.
  • Go to Your Spot/Place.

Teaching the dog to react to hand signals will also be useful. A sleeping infant is less most likely to obtain awakened if you are not talking.

It is likewise a smart idea to teach your pet to accept using a leash – in and out of your house. This ensures that you have control over your pet dog and tends to help make the dog better behaved. A lot of towns and cities have leash laws so it is essential that your pet get utilized to the leash. You must likewise stroll your pet everyday. This gives your canine mental stimulation, as well as exercise, which assists to tire them out, hence making them less most likely to obtain into difficulty and an overall better acted dog.

Area, Go To Your Area!-.

The “Go to Your Spot” command is a fantastic command to have in your toolbox for a well-behaved canine. You can utilize this exercise to permit your dog to be with you and not underfoot, or keep your canine at a range and still understand where he is and what he’s doing. It teaches your dog to go rest on a carpet or blanket and stay until released.

Long down stays are essential in general, whether he is “in a spot”, since they help you to keep control over your pet. By your pet dog needing to work for you, it facilitates a relationship in which you are dominant (in charge or the alpha figure) in your and your canine’s mind.

Teach your canine exactly what he can chew on-.

All dogs chew. Each has a particular reason for it, and has a physical need to chew. They have to chew to exercise their jaws in addition to let out pent up disappointments. Excessive chewing can also be a type characteristic. To assist prevent issues, do not set yourself up for failure.


Use high-value treats-.

Use treats of high worth – treats your pet dog loves and does not typically get – when dealing with brand-new infant sights, sounds and aromas. This tells your pet dog that these are good things, which he ought to like them and associate them with benefits, instead of feeling malice or fear to them. Make sure to keep the deals with special, and only use them for the functions of getting your puppy familiar with exactly what the brand-new baby will be like.

The health and tidiness of your pet is vital-.

It is important that your dog has a clean costs of health and is tidy before you bring your baby home. Take your pet dog to the veterinarian for a check-up to make sure that he has no illness as these can cause unwanted habits in your canine that will interfere with his life with your child. Make sure that he is up-to-date on all shots, or that his titer levels are good, and that he is worm-free.

The next thing you have to make certain of is that you bathe your pet dog or have him groomed PRIOR TO the child gets back. If your canine sheds, it is a great idea to begin a de-shedding program, such as routine grooming and including a product such as Linatone (which you can get at your regional animal store, online or at some groomers) which has an unique combination of oils to assist the skin and coat. Beware not to over-bathe your canine as this can cause skin problems in lots of dogs. Make sure that he has no fleas or ticks as this is unsanitary and can expose your infant to health issue. It also creates problems as you will not have much time to shower him as soon as the child is around. Utilizing unique flea and tick medication will help to guarantee that he stays flea-less and tick-less.

Start teaching your pet to accept his paws and body wiped when he can be found in from exterior will assist in reducing the quantity of dirt he tracks in your home. It also decreases the chance that your pet will bring in something that will cause an allergy in you or your child.

Make sure to vacuum or sweep frequently as dog hair builds up quickly. This is especially crucial once your child begins to crawl or be on the ground a lot, unless obviously you want the infant to be a human Swiffer!

Carry a doll-.

The concept of carrying around a doll (ideally one that sobs) might appear silly, however it is a very good way to get your pet utilized to an addition to the family. Everything is various with an infant. Holding a child modifications your posture, and your quirks, so your dog needs to be comfy and accepting of this. The canine also has to follow commands and be loyal when you have the child or the infant is out and about. Using a doll while practicing everyday commands will assist your dog respond much better when the baby arrives. Take the pet dog for strolls, play with the pet, and all the normal things you do with your pet dog with and without the infant equipment and doll.

Baby sounds-.

Getting your dog used the noises of a baby is also a good idea. This permits your canine to acquaint herself with the alien sounds that it may not have actually heard before so that it is not a surprise when child gets back. Things like sobbing, gurgling, yelling/screaming, and baby babble are not necessarily typical for a dog to hear. There are numerous cds and tapes that you can purchase for this purpose. Start the volume low and expose your pet dog for short periods of time at. Gradually increase the volume and amount of time you play the noises. Try to play the recording everyday up until the baby gets here.

Genuine children and kids-.

Another smart idea is to expose your canine to the genuine thing – real babies and kids. If you have buddies or family members who have babies you can ask if they will enable your dog to listen in and even tape them for you. You can visit places like parks, if your pet dog is well-behaved, so your pet can hear all of the sounds kids make. Make sure to start this far from your house so that your pet dog does not feel threatened in her own area. The next step is to expose your pet dog in your lawn, and then in your home. Make this a steady procedure so your canine can slowly accept it.

Infant smells-.

The gives off a child are frequently unfamiliar to a pet. Gradually begin to get your pet dog used to these brand-new smells by utilizing the items you will use on your baby, such as child oil, powder, baby wash and diaper cream. Putting these items on infant blankets and child clothes will also help. If you have good friends or loved ones that have babies, ask to obtain utilized and unwashed blankets and burp cloths so that the dog can get accustomed to the genuine smells of a child.

If you follow the standards you need to be able to accustom your canine to your newborn without much problem. Remember, when in doubt, always speak with a professional dog trainer!

How to Avert a Dog Bite

How to Avert a Dog Bite

Avoid Dog Bites

Be polite and take note of body language

How do you prevent getting bit by a dog? Start by being polite and recognizing the dog’s personal space. Never approach a strange dog, especially one who’s tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don’t pet a dog– even your own– without permitting them see and sniff you first.

Don’t disturb a dog while they are resting, eating, chewing on a toy or caring for puppies. Be mindful around strange dogs. Always presume that a dog who doesn’t know you may see you as an intruder or a threat.

Pay attention to the dog’s body language.

Put a safe amount of space between yourself and a dog if you see the following signals indicating that the dog is uncomfortable and might feel the need to bite:

  1. tensed body
  2. stiff tail
  3. pulled back head and/or ears
  4. furrowed brow
  5. eyes rolled so the whites are visible
  6. yawning
  7. flicking tongue
  8. intense stare
  9. backing away

When putting space between yourself and a dog who might bite, don’t ever turn your back on them and run away. A dog’s natural instinct will be to chase you.

What to do if you think a dog may attack

If you are approached by a dog who may attack you, follow these steps:

  1. Resist the impulse to scream and run away.
  2. Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog
  3. Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until they are out of sight.
  4. If the dog does attack, “feed” them your jacket, handbag, bike or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog.
  5. If you fall or are knocked to the floor, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain stationary. Try not to yell or roll around.

What to do if you’re bitten by a dog.

If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, try not to panic.

Right away wash the wound thoroughly with soap and warm water.
Contact your physician for additional care and advice.

Report the bite to your local animal care and control agency. Explain to the animal control official everything you know about the dog, including their owner’s name and the address where they live. If the dog is a stray, tell the animal control official what the dog appears like, exactly where you saw them, whether you’ve seen them before and in which direction they went.

4 Tips to Stop Your Pet From Digging

4 Tips to Stop Your Pet From Digging

Hudson Valley Dog Fence - Digging Dog

Does your dog appear to concern your lawn as his own individual landscaping job?

If so, it is essential to understand that digging is a really natural instinctive habit in pets. Pet dogs dig in dirt or other substrates, like mulch or sand, to bury things they wish to save for later on, like a preferred bone or toy, or to look for products that they have actually concealed in the past. They likewise dig to look for victims like rodents or other yummy deals with such as pests. Some canines might likewise dig since they are trying an escape or due to the fact that they are anxious. Some of these habits are not just appropriate however maybe even useful in the wild, a lot of owners do tend to object to their pet dogs digging up their great yards or gardens or leaving holes that individuals can step into and hurt themselves.

What Can You Do If Your Doggy Is a Digger?

Here are a few of my preferred ideas that may assist you suppress this undesirable habits:

1. Monitor. Do your finest to monitor your canine whenever he heads out in the backyard up until you get this habits under control. As quickly as you see your dog begin to dig, sidetrack him with an unique sound, such as clapping your hands or blowing a loud whistle. Some individuals want to utilize shaker cans, which are empty soda cans filled with coins or rocks. If you do utilize a shaker can, make certain the noise merely breaks your pet’s concentration however does not excessively terrify him. As soon as you have his attention, you can then reroute him to better habits. The objective here is to interrupt your pet’s digging, disrupt his train of thought, and after that reroute him to something entirely various and enjoyable, like going after a ball or getting participated in a video game of go-find-it. Something I discover extremely efficient is to toss a handful of little treats with onto the ground. Your pet will need to utilize his eyes and nose to locate those delicious treats with. As he improves at the game, you can toss treats with into a larger location, and, for that reason, he needs to browse longer for those goodies and, ideally, he will ignore whatever it was he was attempting to collect! Be cautious that your pet dog isn’t really eating a lot of lawn while browsing for those deals with, as it can in some cases include parasites, pesticides or other nasty things.

2. Contain.  Often it is really tough to reduce exactly what is actually an extremely natural habits for your canine buddy.  In the long run, it might be much easier to attempt and manage where he is enabled to dig.  You can do this by supplying a particular location of the lawn that is plainly marked for digging.  Mark the location using low plant borders or fences from your regional house enhancement shop, or set out little flags that are utilized by yard upkeep business.  You can likewise develop an unique digging location where you offer him with specific substrates that he prefers to dig in, such as play sand. You can plainly mark the suitable digging location and after that conceal enjoyable products, like unique toys, partly buried in the substrate.  Head out in the backyard with your canine and call him over and motivate him to collect those products.  Whenever he attempts to dig in the other area of the lawn, interrupt him and bring him over to the suitable location.  When he begins to remove the goodies you have actually partly buried for him, give him lots of appreciation!  Make it extremely clear to him of the benefits and applauds are showered on him when he digs in the significant location of the lawn.

3. Leave it. Teaching your dog to leave something alone with a “leave it” command can likewise be helpful. When the “leave it” command is provided, your dog needs to stop approaching the item or place and turn away. You slowly teach your dog to do this by rewarding him for very first overlooking, then turning away and after that ultimately leaving a product or area you desire him to prevent.

4. Distract. Serving your pet’s meals or some unique deals with within 2 to 3 food puzzle toys might assist keep his paws hectic in other places. Food puzzle toys will motivate him to utilize his paws to knock the toys around to acquire his food. Your dog might not utilize his paws in a digging movement, however working for his food will supply an excellent psychological and physical outlet for him if his digging is because of dullness or excess energy. If the puzzle toys are to change your dog’s routine dinnertime, simply make sure to slowly alleviate into the activity so that you can ensure your canine determines ways to get his meals from the puzzle. If you are utilizing unique deals with in your puzzle, make certain they are healthy treats with and do not exaggerate them. We do not desire a digging issue to become a weight issue!

Will It Work?

No matter which approach you pick, you will still have to monitor your dog for a specific period up until he has actually regularly stopped digging or frequently enters into the designated location. Once it looks like he has actually mastered the brand-new regimen, you can slowly increase the range in between you and your pet. Remember, some dogs might constantly require guidance in the lawn in order to avoid undesirable digging.  When left alone, these dirt-crazy canines might continue to dig in any location that attract them.  It can be discouraging, however when this occurs, you do not wish to scream or utilize a sound that terrifies your pet dog.  This might prevent your canine from digging in front of you and trigger him to rely on slipping around and digging behind your back or when you are not in the backyard to monitor. If digging is still an issue after attempting these ideas, then give us a call. We’d be happy to help.


The Proper Way to Pick up and Hold a Lap dog

The Proper Way to Pick up and Hold a Lap DogHudson Valley Dog Fence - Wrong Way to Hold A Small Dog

Believe it or not, there certainly is a safer method to pick up and hold a little dog. Understanding the best way to correctly lift and hold your pooch is not only harmless for her, but also for you as well. The secret is supporting a dog’s upper body and backside at all times, which disperses body weight uniformly and keeps a dog and your back pain free.

Please take a moment and teach your children ways to safely lift and hold a small dog. This prevents lap dogs from being dropped on the ground and getting injured.

How to Pick Up a Small Dog

Crouch down, place your dominant arm behind your dog’s back legs and place your non-dominant hand around her chest. As you’re lifting her up, her front and back legs will fold together a bit so her body is resting in your arms.

As you slowly pick her up and stand, bring her body toward your chest to provide extra support for her body while securing her with your arms and removing excessive strain from your lower back.

Never grab a dog by grasping under her front legs and lifting (like a small child). This hurts. Also, never pick up a puppy or dog by her scruff. It’s cruel and will cause irreparable damage. Even if puppies are carried around by their mothers within this manner, it does not give us a license to do the same. We’re not dogs, so we should use our human arms and hands to support dogs.

How to Properly Hold a Dog

According to your dog’s size, weight and body length, safely and securely hold your dog with one or two arms.

Handling a Dog With One Arm

After picking up your dog, stand still and move her body under your main arm (if you’re right-handed, you probably have more strength in your right arm). Now, take your dominant hand and place it under your dog’s chest (between her front legs) while securing her back side between your side and arm. Now, you can safely carry your dog anywhere.

Now, you and your dog are facing the same way, which protects against your dog from being sidetracked by things taking place behind or on the side of you. Plus, your other arm is free to grab your purse, hold treats, close doors or whatever else is needed.

Holding a Dog With Two Arms

For longer or heavier dogs, holding and supporting with two arms is advantageous. Place one arm around your dog’s chest and the other arm around her rear end. Using two arms works best for people with injured backs, especially lower back issues. Constantly keep both arms securely carrying both ends of your dog.

Do not allow a dog’s back side to hang unsecured. It’s extremely uncomfortable for your dog. She’ll most likely wiggle and scratch to get away, and fall down. Plus, securing both the front of her body and rear end keeps back and shoulder pressure to a minimum.


Who Says You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

Who Says You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

Hudson Valley Dog Training

Just Follow This Advice…

Many people are attempting to have a cleaner homes nowadays, and a big factor is is having a properly trained dog. But, training is a difficult process many have difficulty with. Start with this article, and you’ll figure it all out.

Crate training a puppy must establish the fact the the crate is the new home of the puppy. You should put their food in the crate when they eat, but leave the door open. This will help them associate good food to the crate.

Give your dog a word that tells them they’re doing the right thing. The word “yes” can be the bridge between rewards and good behavior.

Do not use shock collars and similar training devices. They almost never work as advertised and they are expensive to boot. Also, shock collars may actually hinder your dog’s development and thwart positive behaviors. These tools often do more harm than good.

Be cognitive of the duration of time you and your dog devote to training sessions. Devoting strict amounts of time to any particular aspect of training will have your dog feeling distracted and bored. Only spend 10 minutes during the first couple of sessions.

It is very important to train your dog early enough to head off the development of bad behavior. It is easier to instill good habits than it is to deal with bad ones. For instance, a dog that is never fed table scraps is less likely to beg at the table.

Accidents will happen sometimes when you house train your pet. Get rid of accidents immediately to improve training efficiency. If you don’t clean accidents up quickly, your pet may smell the mess and eliminate in the same spot again. Check any local stores or pet shops for products that are specifically designed to remove the urine smell from a carpet.

It’s very important to never try to quickly stop a bad behavior by provide a reward. This will give your dog the wrong mindset during the training session. An example would be a scenario in which you give your dog treats whenever it barks.

Don’t subject your dog to lengthy training sessions. You should spend only fifteen minutes for every single task you give your dog. Going over this time per task is only going to frustrate both you and your dog, which impedes progress. After each training session spend some time playing with your dog and lavish him with praise.

One of the first commands you should teach your dog is “down”. This command can be used in an emergency, or used as the basis for teaching other behaviors. “Down” is the perfect command to keep dogs out of danger.

Training should be an enjoyable activity for your dog. Keep the sessions between 10-15 minutes, as this is about the attention span of most dogs. The reward system can be generous and filled with surprises. Give your dog plenty of praise and this will make him happy. Make the training process fun.

If your dog has an issue with barking, pay attention to potential triggers. When you know what causes it, you’ll be able to train him in those situations. If your dog barks at visitors, you can have a friend visit to help you deal with the situation.

A crate can come in handy when housebreaking a dog. Crate training will work if you let your dog go out on a regular basis and maintain a schedule that stays consistent. Once properly trained, a dog that has been crate trained is less like to have an accident.

Your dog will not dig in the trash if you feed it and give it enough toys. Take the trash out on a regular basis, and don’t leave bones in a can that the dog can get to. If you go out, empty the trash or crate your dog.

Show your leader status while doing fetch training by having the dog return the ball. If you pick up balls your dog drops, he will think think he is in charge. Making sure that your dog brings the ball back to you every time will help your dog understand his/her expectations.

You can entice your pet to sit on his haunches by waving a treat before his nose as he stands. Pass the treat over his head as you move your hand backwards. He will end up looking up when following your hand. When your dog does this, it’s a natural thing for it to sit.

It’s important to use treats that really capture your dog’s full attention when training. It can even be an extra special treat you would not usually give your dog such as real bacon, hotdogs or even cheese.

Use coins and a can to help you train. Insert some coins into an empty can, and then make sure it’s sealed. Shake the can whenever you catch the dog doing something wrong. Your dog will be startled by the sound and will cease the behavior. After doing this for a while, your dog will recognize he is acting badly. Shaking the can multiple times can desensitize the dog, so keep it to a minimum.

If hiring an animal behavior professional is something you are considering, make sure to learn as much about them as you can. Make sure that the specialist has ideas in line with yours.

Proper dog training includes being sure your animal feels a sense of safety. When a dog does not feel safe or comfortable, his behavior will reflect the apprehension he feels and he will be difficult to manage. Reassure your dog, and make sure he has safe surroundings at all times.

A trick you could teach your dog is to hold something in his mouth, such as a toy. Get your dog’s attention with a clicker and reward him with a snack when he tastes or mouths the toy. Once your dog does this some more, pause until he places the toy within his mouth. When he does, just click and then give a reward. As you repeat the exercise, reward your dog only if he is holding the toy.

Armed with the tips above, you ought to understand how training your family dog is crucial to keeping your home clean. You must craft a plan that will work in your own house and practice consistency in order to train your dog effectively.


Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up

Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up

Dog Fence Hudson Valley - Jumping Dog

Probably common question I get coming from new dog owners is “just how do I get him to quit jumping up?” Puppies and dogs normally jump up on people whenever they say hello. Why? Because we’re taller than them! Dogs greet each other by going nose-to-nose and they like to do the exact same with us so it’s completely natural for them to jump up on us to make an effort to reach our faces. Our response must be very confusing to them. Suppose you see an old buddy at the grocery store and you run up to offer the individual a hug. Just imagine just how you would feel if the person yelled at you, snatched you by your coat collar, held you at arm’s distance, and after that said, “how wonderful it is to see you once again”!!! You would find this experience most disturbing.

The bright side is the fact that most dogs can learn how to inhibit jumping up during hellos; the problem is that it commonly takes significant energy on the owner’s part. There is not one right technique that works with all dogs either.

What not to do
The more excited you act when you greet your dog, the more excited the dog will act. Excited dogs are most likely to jump up. Stay calm whenever you get home. Speak calmly and pat your dog with long, relaxing strokes along the body.

Even though you may reprimand the dog with your speech, if you push the dog off or attempt to grab the dog with your hands to manage his behavior, the physical contact may really be reinforcing the jumping up. Dogs love touch and may see your attempts to control him as just part of the game. It’s a lot more effective to stand up tall, tuck your hands up to your chest, and avoid looking at the dog until he calms.

Understand that shouting “off” or “down” at your dog won’t do a lot unless you’ve made the effort to educate the dog exactly what these words mean. The goal is to train the dog to back off away from you instead of coming forward and making contact with you. This is the reason for teaching the dog “off”. But it’s not enough to just teach the dog what you don’t want him to do. You also need to teach him what you do want him to do, which for most people, is “sit”. So before you do anything else, teach “off” and “sit”.

The “Off” Exercise
Teaching “off” is pretty easy for most dogs. Sit down with your dog and show him that you have a treat tucked in your hand. Hold your hand out as though you plan to give him the treat but keep your hand closed around the treat so he can’t get it (or even taste it). When he reaches with his mouth to nibble at your hand, say “off” in a clear voice (shouting is unnecessary). If the dog pulls back away from your hand, immediately say “yes”, open your hand, and reach out to let him take the treat. If he doesn’t pull back when you say “off”, move your hand toward his nose and give him a gentle “bop”. He should retract his nose from your hand then, at which point, you say “yes” and feed him the treat. The goal is to entice him to pull away from your hand, so you can then reinforce the pulling away behavior. The bop needs to be firm enough to cause the dog to pull away but not so firm that the dog becomes frightened or hurt by your movement.

A common mistake that people make is to pull their hand away from the dog instead of waiting for the dog to pull away from your hand. That won’t teach him the behavior. Once you get it right, your dog should only need a few repetitions before he instantly pulls back when he hears the word “off”. If you are too rough with your bop or your dog is especially sensitive, your dog may become hesitant to take the treat from your hand. Be sure to occasionally offer the dog a treat from your hand and refrain from saying “off”. Simply say “yes” and reach toward the dog. That will help the dog learn that he needs to listen for the word “off”.

As soon as your dog is regularly pulling away from your hand when you say “off”, require that he wait a second or two before you give him the treat. When you first do this, the dog will likely pull away, then jump back up to mouth or paw at your hand. Say “off” and bop again. Repeat until the dog has the ability to wait the 1-2 seconds before receiving the treat. This teaches the dog to control himself. Eventually work up to 30-60 seconds of the dog getting ready for permission to take the treat.

The next step is to teach “off” while you are standing. Stand up, show the dog the treat in your hand, and wait for him to jump up on you. If he isn’t inclined to do this, just step outside your front door for a few minutes. Come back in, holding your hand, with the treat, in front of your body. When the dog runs to jump up on you, say “off” and deliver the bop to his nose. He will recognize that this is still the same game, and pull away from you. He will more than likely sit. The instant he pulls away, say “yes” and reward him with the treat. Repeat this training with you coming in the front door, the back door, the yard, and anywhere else the dog is likely to jump on you. See to it that all member of the family and regular visitors get involved in the training too. Now your dog actually knows what you mean when you say “off”.

Try these out and let me know how it goes. As always, contact us if you have any questions.

Electronic Dog Fencing – Tuxedo Park (845) 527-2554

Electronic Dog Fencing
Tuxedo Park, NY

dog fence company in Tuxedo Park

If you live in the Tuxedo Park New York area and have a dog that is either running away or will not stay in the yard, give us a call at (845) 527-2554 for your FREE CONSULTATION.  Dog Guard Out-of-Sight Fencing is the leader electronic dog fencing in the Hudson Valley.

What began as a small electronic dog fence company in Tuxedo Park, Dog Guard of Hudson Valley, LLC is now the only the dog fence company in the area that is Accredited A+ by the Better Business Bureau. Why haven’t the other dog fence companies been accredited yet? By being the only accredited company, we can ensure you that your dog fence cost and investment is safe.

Did you know this fun fact about Tuxedo Park?

Both Mark Twain and Whoopie Goldberg had homes in the beautiful Tuxedo Park?

Electronic Dog Fencing Tuxedo Park NY
Mark Twain in Tuxedo Park, NY wishing he had a dog fence!

Once you decide that you want a hidden dog fence in Tuxedo Park, we will schedule your installation. Our certified and trained technician will walk around the property with you and decide the best place for your new electronic dog fence.

Electronic Dog Fencing Installation in Tuxedo Park…

Typically the electronic dog fence installation takes three to four hours. You or someone you designate will need to be home. If you have buried utilities we will call the safe dig number ahead of time, so we don’t interrupt any of your services (like cable or Fios). We bury the pet fence wire around the property with a gas powered machine that we walk behind.

After the installation is completed our technician will show you where the dog boundaries are.

Our dog trainer in Tuxedo Park, will had already contacted you on the best date and time to train. It very well could be the same day as your electronic dog fence installation.

Most dogs are trained within 5-10 days. We will give you the secret step-by-step procedure that has kept thousands of dogs safe on the Dog Guard Pet Fence system.

Call today (845) 527-2554 and keep your Tuxedo Park dog safe at home!

How to Keep Your Dog in the Yard

How to Train Your Dog To Stay in the Yard

Hint… It has to do with a dog fence. 🙂

Many people are asking, “How do I keep my dog in my yard?” And there’s good reason why they are asking that question! Dogs and puppies can be hit or killed by cars very easily. In fact, 1.2 million dogs are killed each year by cars. It’s a very sad statistic. And, did you know, that the number goes up for cats? Over 5.4 million cats are killed in the United States each year by cars.

So.. what do you do to keep your dog or cat from running away?

Well, you can certainly build a tall concrete wall and that will work.. But that’s not very reasonable.

Some people put up wooden privacy fences to keep their dogs from running away. Those sometimes work. Although, I have seen dogs jump those and jump chain link fences. It’s actually pretty amazing. But it’s not good if your dog is the one running away. Oh, and don’t even ask how much a chain link fence costs… They are very expensive. That’s probably why people are searching for the cost of a dog fence or dog fence cost so often on Google.

Is Dog Fencing Expensive?

You would think that all fencing is expensive, but that’s not the case. Dog Guard Out-of-Sight Fencing is both effective at training your dog to stay in the yard and is affordable!

The Dog Fence Installation Process

The steps we take to ensure that your dog doesn’t run away are far more than the leading competition of ours (Dog Watch and Invisible Fence). Instead, with the Dog Guard Out-of-Sight Fencing, we can deliver 32 levels of correction to the dog receiver (some people call them dog shock collars). It’s somewhat true since it is a static shock that keeps the dog from running away.

Our technician walks around the property with you prior to any work being done. He will discuss with you what your thoughts are on where you want your dog to stay in the yard. Many times, we have an idea for your dog fence design or dog fence layout that you might not have had.

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Then we get to work!

Using a special machine that digs a slit in the yard and buries the wire at the same time, our method of hidden fence installation is very effective. We work around your property with very little disturbance to your lawn or flower gardens. I’m sure that you’re probably trying to keep your dog out of the flower beds, so we’ll stay out too!

The dog fence wire that we use is a specially coated steel wire. The wire actually has copper bonded to it. So what this means is that we use a much stronger wire (the other guys usually use a thin copper wire). The stronger dog fence wire means that your fence will last longer and not need repairs or replacement as often. What does that translate to? More money in your pocket! We’d rather come one time to your home and do the job right – with the better materials – than keep coming back because your dog will not stay in the yard.

After we bury the wire around the property, we install a transmitter (the actual brains of the electric dog fence).  The cool thing about our transmitter versus the Invisible Fence brand transmitter is that we actually have 32 levels of correction on it. Even better than that, if there is an issue and your dog is not staying on the property, we can show you over the phone how to raise the strength. Other companies require you to pay a service charge just to do that.

When it’s time to train the dog on your new electric pet fence, we will send a professional and certified dog trainer to your home. We really stand out here because not many dog fence companies in the Hudson Valley will do that. They often have the same person who is digging the trenches as the one who is training your dog. We’ve decided that we were going to provide the best value and bang for your buck by including a professional dog training lesson.

Your dog should be off leash within a couple of weeks. Many times, it’s sooner! As long as you follow the guidelines of the electric dog fence training, your dog will be able to run freely around the yard. This is all how we are so confident that we can train your dog to stay in the yard.

For a free pet fence consultation, call today (845) 527-2554. We’re here for you!  We work in the Hudson Valley, NY in the counties of: Orange County NY, Ulster County, NY Sullivan County NY and Rockland County NY. If you’re located in those counties and you’re looking for a dog fence company near me, you’ve come to the right place!

Underground Dog Fence in Ellenville, NY 12428

Underground Dog Fence in
Ellenville, NY 12428

You might be asking yourself “What is the best underground dog fence company near me?” Well, if you are looking for an underground dog fence in Ellenville, NY, then Dog Guard of Hudson Valley, LLC has your pet fence solution!

Ellenville New York Hidden Fence

Our unique system has an advanced 32-level setting for the correction that your dog receives. Our technician will bury the dog wire around your property. The wire is connected to a transmitter inside the house or garage. The transmitter will signal to the receiver (electric dog collar) when the dog gets too close. He will then get a small level of correction with a tone. If the dog continues into the underground dog fence in Ellenville, then the collar will activate the highest correction.

Usually the training for the Ellenville dog fence takes 5-10 days. Of course, it’s really up to your dog. Some pets learn how to stay on the property in just a day. But, we usually say 5-10 days to just be safe. Our dog trainer will instruct you in exactly how your dog fence works. The training session lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes – depending on your dog’s temperament.

The hidden dog fence flags should stay up on the property for about 30 days. You can keep them up longer, if you want. When you do take them down, don’t take all the flags down on the same day. Gradually take the flags down over the course of 3 to 4 days.

underground dog fence ellenville ny***A postcard from the old Nevele Hotel in Ellenville, NY.***

If you’re in Ellenville, New York and you want an underground dog fence, give us a call today: (845) 527-2554.

Our electric dog fence systems are guaranteed, with our 30-day money back commitment to you. Ask for more details.

Hidden Dog Fence Gardiner NY (845) 527-2554

Hidden Dog Fence Gardiner NYHidden Dog Fence Companies in Gardiner NY used to be hard to find. Many residents of Ulster County and of Gardiner and surrounding towns have  problem with their dogs running around the neighborhood. Tragically, their dog will either become lost or hit by a car. Responsible dog owners used to have to search for a reliable hidden dog fence company near me (and you!).

Our Hidden Dog Fence in Gardiner NY Reputation.

Dog Guard of Hudson Valley,  LLC is the solution for your pet fence needs. We’ve been in the Gardiner area since 2004 successfully containing people’s dogs.  Our corporate office, located in Troy NY, has been around since 1988 – longer than Dog Watch in Gardiner.

Gardiner New York Hidden Dog Fence

We’re recommended by local veterinarians like the Gardiner Animal Hospital. Your dog might even be a patient of Dr. Goodnow.  Stop in the office and ask who they refer for underground dog fences.

In addition to being recommended by the best vets in the Hudson Valley, we are also the only hidden dog fence company that is Accredited A+ by the Better Business Bureau.  No other pet containment company in the area is accredited. We’ve actually been thoroughly interviewed by the BBB and they’ve made a decision to accredit us.  What does this mean to you? Using a company that has been accredited gives you the added protection as a consumer. Dog Watch Dave, Pet Stop and Invisible Fence of the Mid-Hudson Valley are NOT accredited. If you ever have an issue with those companies…. well, good luck!

Here’s just one of the many happy clients we have giving us her testimonial of how her hidden dog fence keeps her dog safe at home.

How are our hidden fence systems different than the other guys?

The Dog Guard Out-of-Sight Fence system is very different than what the other dog fencing companies are using.

Our system has 32-level correction settings, which will ensure to keep your dog safe on your new hidden fence.  We have the ability to adjust that setting with you over the phone.  You probably won’t need to do that, however. Other companies charge $125 just to come out and make a setting adjustment.

Our hidden dog fence system also has two zones. What this means is that when your dog gets to the edge of the dog fence, he will receive a sound (beep) with a low level stimulation. Usually the dog retreats at that point. But if he does continue into the second zone of the fence, he will receive a stronger stimulation. This keeps your dog safe at home on your property.  Not every hidden dog fence company has this feature – but we do!

The wire that we use, all though you can’t see it – not that it is invisible – but it gets buried, is a heavy gauge wire. We prefer to use a higher quality steel core wire that is bonded with copper. It’s over 30 times stronger than the thin spaghetti copper wire that some of the other companies are using. What this means to you is that our wire will last a long time and you are less likely to have your hidden fence stop working.

Gardiner NY residents now have a reliable hidden dog fence company to call. (845) 527-2554  We promise to exceed your pet containment needs. After all, we treat your dog like family.

Dog Fence in Port Jervis, NY (845) 527-2554

Dog Fence or Hidden Fencing in Port Jervis, NY

Dog Fence in Port Jervis, NY – the hidden solution.

Dog Guard Out-of-Sight Fencing has been the leader in Port Jervis, NY pet containment since 1988.  Our products are made in the United States in Troy.

With our unique dog training system, provided by our exclusive professional trainer, your dog will be able to run around free in a short time. Most dogs are off-leash with in 5-10 days. Sometimes sooner!

If you live in Port Jervis, you probably already know that there are leash laws enforced. We have had clients tell us that after getting that $100 ticket – multiple times, that they decide to call looking for a professional dog fence company near you.

Have you ever taken your dog for a walk in Elks-Brox Memorial Park? It’s a great place to have them enjoy the outdoors.  Port Jervis has a lot of great areas like that park to walk your dog. But not everyone can get out and take their pet for a walk.  That’s where we come in!

We will install a dog fence that is to your specifications and to your 100% satisfaction.  Would you like your dog to run all the way around the house? Or maybe you would like your pet to just be in the back of the house or in the front of the house. We can design a pet fence that suits your needs.

How much is a professionally installed dog fence?

That depends on a few factors. One of the things that it depends on is how big your property is? Is it a Port Jervis village lot sized property? Or are you on the outside of the city and have an acre or more to fence in?

Another factor that changes the price of an electric dog fence is how many dogs you have. You will need a electronic dog collar receiver for each dog.

A few other factors that affect the price are whether or not you have more than one driveway, and other obstacles (like sidewalks). Those things affect the price of a dog fence by a little (not a lot).

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What’s the guarantee on my hidden dog fence?

We offer a fantastic 30 day money back guarantee on all of our installations. We only have had to give that money back to a customer since we have been in business – just one time. That was because the dog was aggressive and wanted to break through the fence and bite people. Other than that wild dog! We’ve been able to successfully contain all of our client’s dogs.

You can be sure that if we do encounter a training issue, we will be there to help. It’s what we do and it’s very important to us. We want your dog to run around the yard and have you happy, It’s so much fun to be able to let your pet outside and run around.

When the winter comes, or if it is raining, nothing is better than opening up the front door and letting the dog do their business outside. You will feel comfortable letting them do this if you choose us as your dog fence company near me (you!).

Dog Guard has been proud to serve the people of Port Jervis , NY since 1988, And our dealership (Dog Guard of Hudson Valley, LLC) has been service the residents of the city since 2004.

Please understand that we are not affiliated with Invisible Fence Hudson Valley, or Dog Watch Dave, or Pet Stop.

Affection – The Right and Wrong Time to Show it

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Affection – the right and the wrong time to show it.
You should share your affection with your dog when it is earned. Dogs are very affectionate animals and touch means a lot to them – in their natural environment and in your family environment too. However, you have to make sure that you give the affection at the appropriate time.
The best time to give affection is after your dog has eaten or exercised. Another great time is after he has switched from his behavior that you don’t want to behavior that you do want. When he responds to a rule or command is another great time to show affection. When he jumps on you and demands to be petted, it is not a good time to show affection. Doing so teaches him that he is in charge, not you.
Practice giving affection to your dog when he is calm. Ask him to sit down. Share your affection on your terms. He will soon realize that there is a correct way to get the things he wants, including affection. Remember, whenever you give affection you are reinforcing the behavior that preceded it. If you give affection when he is fearful, anxious, begging, barking, or breaking rules in your home, you are reinforcing that behavior.

Dog Training Basic Guide

Dog Training Basic Guide

by Dog Guard of Hudson Valley, LLC ©

Dog Training - NOT Invisible Fence

Getting a new dog is incredibly exciting. A dog is a true companion who will always stick by your side. Getting them to that point isn’t always easy, however. You will not only need to feed and groom your pet, you will also have to train your dog to be disciplined. If you ever take your pet to a dog boarding company, you’ll want him or her to behave.

Getting Started

If you take the time to discipline your dog now you will have fewer problems down the line. Before you get into the meat of the dog training you will definitely need to house train him. You will not get very far in your pet and owner relationship if the dog wets all over your home!

Housebreaking a pet is a great accomplishment that can be met by using the right training methods. Don’t stop there like many other pet owners do. You need to do additional obedience training since it will show your dog that you are in charge as well as create a strong bond between the two of you.

Obedience Training

There are many different methods of obedience training. The variations you choose will depend on what you expect the end result to be. If you will be happy with having a housebroken, leash-trained, and obedient dog who responds to simple commands you can stop there.

If you want to have an incredibly well-rounded and obedient dog you will want to continue on with the training. You might be amazed to find that the following behaviors can be modified using dog-training techniques:

  1. Barking
  2. Whining
  3. Digging
  4. Growling
  5. Chewing
  6. Aggression

While you might have thought that those are just things you have to deal with when you own a pet there is a way to eliminate them. If you want to have a completely stress free life with your dog then you will incorporate these into your dog training. It will take a lot of hard work but the results are well worth the effort.

Training Puppies

If you want to make the most of your dog training efforts you should start when they are in the puppy stage. You can start training them right away and there is no reason to wait until they are six months old to do so. It is simply a matter of using the right techniques for dogs that age.

You owe it to your dog and yourself to invest in the best dog training materials. There are great websites, books, e-books and more all dedicated to training your dog. If you are very serious about dog training or don’t have the time to do it yourself you should hire a professional. We have a professional trainer on our team that can help you!

Professional Trainers

There are some things to keep in mind when searching for a professional trainer. You do not need one that specializes in the breed of your dog. All breeds are trainable creatures; of course some will be better than others.

There are trainers who offer group classes as well as private in-home lessons and board and train programs. Pick the training program that is best for you.

Training on Your Own

If you decide to train on your own you need to find the very best materials to do so. There is no sense in trying to train by the seat of your pants if you have no idea what you are doing.

Research your breed so you can learn their temperament and the methods that work best for them. Purchase or read high quality materials that come recommended to you. It is possible to train your dog by yourself, but it will be much easier and better with the help of an experienced trainer.

The Right Attitude

It is a wonderful thing to own a dog. At the same time it is a large responsibility that can certainly be daunting. If you adopt the right attitude you will be well on your way to having a disciplined, responsive dog.

You’ll find that you grow closer than you ever thought possible to your pet. Dog training is a great way to cement your relationship and enjoy each other’s company. Teach your dog that you are in charge, but love him unconditionally and you will get a lot of respect in return.

Dog Guard® Out-Of-Sight dog fence is an electric dog fence (or wireless dog fence) specifically designed to keep your pet safe and secure – indoors and out – and is a trademark of Sunward Electronics® and should not be confused with Invisible Fence®. Invisible Fence® is a registered trademark of Invisible Fence Inc. or DogWatch®. DogWatch® is a registered trademark of DogWatch Inc.  Dog Guard of Hudson Valley, LLC ©

Choosing the Right Rescue Dog for Your Family



Choosing the Right Rescue Dog for Your Family

by Dog Guard of Hudson Valley, LLC ©

Rescue Dog Hudson Valley NY (NOT Invisible Fence)

So you’ve decided to adopt a dog – congratulations! Bringing home a new furry family member is tremendously exciting, and by rescuing a new pet from a Hudson Valley, NY animal shelter, you’re not only avoiding the pitfalls of puppy mill pets, but you’re saving a life in need too. Doesn’t it feel great? Hang on just a moment, however; the arrival of any new dog should be carefully planned out, and the decision to adopt shouldn’t be taken lightly. Since shelter dogs are particularly in need of the right forever home, it’s important to do some research before choosing which shelter dog to open your heart and your home to.

Figure out what’s best for your lifestyle.

Before you simply choose the cutest puppy on the adoption list, have a family meeting to discuss the type of dog that would be right for you. Do you want a dog that’s a jogging partner, agility prospect, or simply just a warm friend to cuddle on the couch with? Take your work schedule and living arrangements into account as well, and plan out the time you have available to feed, exercise and train your potential canine companion. Certain breeds or ages of dogs may be better for certain situations over others. For example:

  • Young puppies and working breeds need several hours of training, exercise and interaction each day, so they would be more suitable choices for owners who have an active lifestyle and are physically mobile.
  • Senior dogs or delicate toy breeds such as Pomeranians and Maltese Terriers can be injured easily by rough handling, so families with toddlers or other large, exuberant dogs may not be the best choice.
  • Breeds like the Pug, French Bulldog and Bichon Frise are highly social, often becoming anxious when they’re separated from their owners for long periods of time. These types of gregarious dogs need people around most of the time to stay happy.
  • Owners with allergies or a large aversion to dog hair may want to stay away from high-shedding breeds like Golden Retrievers, Huskies or Corgi-type dogs.

Look into your financial future.

The costs for caring for your new addition shouldn’t be ignored either, and finances are an important consideration before adoption. All dogs need food, vet care, training, grooming, and other supplies over their lifetime, and it’s best to make sure that your budget can accommodate your new pup’s needs. An adult shelter dog that’s already neutered and vaccinated can be easier on your pocketbook than a puppy that will still require significant additional care in their first year of life. Also keep in mind that some of our tail-waggin’ friends tend to cost more in vet bills than others; giant breeds (like Great Danes and Bernese Mountain Dogs), Bulldogs and Shar Peis tend to have a far higher risk of hereditary health problems, so take your potential pup’s lineage into account too.

Take a pup personality poll.

Finally, the personality of your new four-legged friend should be compatible with you too, of course! While a nervous, fearful dog may be able to be rehabilitated over time, adding a pooch with this type of temperament to a situation where they might experience a lot of change and stress could be catastrophic for both of you. If you’re looking for an outgoing dog with a high tolerance for small fingers, on the other hand, a patient adult Retriever mix might be the ideal family addition. Most shelter staff are willing and able to fill you in on your potential pup’s temperament and health background, and can help steer you in the right direction as you’re looking for the right fit.

Lastly, don’t rush your decision; the excitement of adoption can sometimes cloud our true judgement about how well a dog may actually adapt to your home and lifestyle. For the sake of you and your new family member, take the extra time to make the best choice for everyone – whether they have two legs or four!