Congratulations, you’re expecting a baby! If your family already includes a pet, you’ll need to help that first “baby” adjust to the new one you’ll soon bring home. You can help your pet cope with this big change in much the same way parents help children understand that a new brother or sister will be joining the family. By following the tips below, you can ease your pet’s stress, help her welcome your new baby, and ensure that your pet stays where she belongs—with you and your growing family. Continue reading “Introducing Pets To The New Baby”
If you and your pet are getting ready to move, follow these recommendations to keep your companion safe on moving day.
Continue reading “Moving – Info On How To Move With Your Pet”
Bailey the Pitbull pup starts shaking or whimpering when someone puts on their socks. And though her cage is adorned with toys and blankets, she knows she will soon be going to her cage for the next 7 hours.
Mark, the wonder pug is actually a small rare breed who is very affectionate. He is still a puppy and is alone only 2 days a week for about 4 hours before he is walked by All For Dogs. He used to be lonely and would cry, that is until All For Dogs started his walks.<!–more>
Dogs are pack animals. When left in seclusion without other dogs, they tend to start having issues. They bark at dogs or people outside the windows. They might start chewing furniture, get aggressive, or develop certain quirks. There is help! There are DVDs out for dogs and cats home alone all day. Some owners say their pups get a kick out of watching Kitty Show or the 100-dog party in Dog-On Television.
The echoes of DogCatRadio.com can be heard at All For Dogs during the daytime and the pups have tuned their brains in and stress level out.
Harley The Hunter is an aggressive chewer with a few twitches. His parents left him out for 3 hours and he destroyed everything in the house under 4ft. Door frames, counter tops, garbage cans, dining room tables, chair legs, furniture… everything. Harley doesn’t have anxiety. The vets said he was just high energy and certain triggers will set him off. For example, if he sees a dog outside or if someone (UPS, FEDex, Neighbor, or villain) comes to the door, he doesn’t know how to release his energy. Not trying to sound like a sales pitch for these products, but once they started playing WGN Talk Radio(720AM) during the day, he calmed down. When at time strange voices might worsen dogs anxieties, it may fill as a calming white noise so they do not hear triggering sounds.)
Research shows that dogs ears are sensitive to higher frequencies and louder decibals than our own ears. Turning on the radio at a low volume or these specifically created dog stations will help relax your pup and give them something to tune their mind into while you are away.
Socialization is a stimulus for your dog. If you do not have the money or time to properly socialize your dog, do not let them be bored during the day and lost in their thoughts. “These may work for pets that are bored,” says Suzanne Hetts of Animal Behavior Associates in Littleton Colorado. “But leaving the TV on will not address the panic some animals experience when left alone.”
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This article is written to help you and your puppy begin training in the early months. It contains helpful hints for training puppies and establishing a trusting relationship. We start by sharing information about what to expect in the first few months. Older puppies will have more specific training needs. Continue reading “Puppy Manners”
Dear Dr. Richards,
I am a guide dog user who lives in Florida. As you know it gets extremely hot and humid here during the summer months. If I am working my dog outside during the day (which I do not really like doing but have to occasionally) what should I watch for in order to prevent heat stroke and are there any precautions, i.e. water that I can take. Thank you.
Gwen and Mia, SEGDI dog extraordinaire
“A dog has many friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue.”
— Anonymous —
Continue reading “Q&A – Heat Stroke In Dogs”
For many kids, the family pet is their best friend—a companion who not only provides unconditional love, but who also teaches them about friendship, responsibility, loyalty, and empathy. While most family pets are cats and dogs, other animals can be wonderful additions to your home. Rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, small birds, and fish can make great family pets, for instance, as long as they receive the specialized care they need. Even though these animals are smaller than a cat or dog, they require just as much attention and care.
The key to creating a true “family pet”—one who is gentle, loyal, and loving to both animals and people—is to treat the animal as a beloved family member and to provide the training and care he deserves. It’s not enough to get a pet “for the kids.” A pet is not a temporary playmate for children, but a lifelong family member who depends on the entire family, especially adults. Continue reading “How To Pick The RIGHT Dog”
Dogs are very inquisitive. Sniffing, smelling, and usually tasting almost anything in sight are natural behaviors for a dog. For that reason, we commonly see dogs ingest items that are not their food and at times can be very dangerous poisons.
There are two major areas where such danger may occur: inside the house, and outside of it. These areas are different in terms of what types of poisons the dog may be exposed to. In the house, dogs usually get themselves in trouble when they are bored. Outside it’s usually the dogs’ curiosity that endangers them. Continue reading “Ten Tips to a Poison Safe Household”
One of the main reasons people acquire a dog is for companionship. Like us, dogs are able to form strong bonds with people. One could even argue that dogs are even more social than we are. Due to their instincts they a even more motivated than humans to stay with their social group. Separation from their group is usually followed by behaviors that will help them reunite such as vocalizations, increasing activity, urination and defecation, etc. Of course these natural and normal behaviors cause problems in our homes. Dog’s are not programmed to be alone with our busy day-to-day schedules, so if they must be alone for a few hours, here’s a few tips to keep them from chewing, pooping, and ruining. Continue reading “Understanding Separation Anxiety”
Jack-o’-lanterns, trick-or-treaters, haunted houses and costume parties. Halloween is full of fun things for you and your family to enjoy, but it’s one of those holidays that is enjoyed more by people than by pets. Keep the following precautions in mind when preparing for the frightfully fun festivities and help ensure that everyone in your family—including your pet—has a safe Halloween.