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Traveling With Fido

     The first phase of the Monster Dog Makeover contest is almost over. The deadline for entry is May 31st, which is Thursday. I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to enter for a chance to win a free off leash training program, and two runners up will receive 3 private lessons for free. If you haven’t registered yet, or know someone who could benefit from this training, make sure to get squared away by Thursday. I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend, and I want to discuss traveling with your dog today.

     Many dogs love to go for car rides, and my dog Jiri is no exception. If my truck door opens he will jump right in, and when driving down the road he will poke me with his nose to get me to open his window. Even though many dogs love car rides, it is important to remember that they can still get car sick on long trips. My dog suffers from this and I have learned to cope with it as he usually attends my road trips. If your dog is like mine, he will gladly go on any road trip with you, but if your not careful he will leave a nice present for you to clean up when you arrive at your destination.

     There are a few things that can be done to help alleviate the symptoms of car sickness on long drives. First and foremost, try to keep your dog from starring outside the car. This is done by simply getting them to lay down and relax. If you have a dog who is overly anxious or excited during the whole trip try getting some medication to help calm them down from your vet. Another great practice is to stop and give them breaks every two to three hours. This will allow them to get out and stretch their legs, and get back on firm ground for a while. Taking breaks will help reset your dog before they get sick, and giving them water is a good idea, but do not feed them as the food may increase the sickness. These two simple tricks will go a long way in helping you and your dog cope with car sickness that occurs on road trips.

     There are obvious things that should be avoided though, such as letting them ride in the bed of a truck, or going hours on end without stopping for water and potty breaks. This should be common knowledge, but I must mention it. I encourage everyone to take their dogs with them on trips whenever possible. Taking Fido on a trip with you should be fun and rewarding. Make sure you plan to accommodate them and the possibilities could be endless.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Monster Dog Makeover

     Does your dog need a behavior makeover in a bad way? Or maybe your friend or neighbor has the worst dog inKnoxville. The good news is that help is here!PetSafeVillageand I are hosting the first dog behavior makeover contest called the “Monster Dog Makeover.” The winner of this contest gets a free pass to the PetSafe Village Signature Series Unleashed Training Program, and two runners up get three free private training sessions. The details of this contest can be found on our website as well as in local media sources. Today I want to tell you a little more about the contest and the training program.

     The contest works in a pretty simple fashion, and anyone can apply. To submit an application all you have to do is visit Petsafevillage.com and fill out the online form. We are requesting that everyone submit videos of their dog’s monster-like behavior, but it is not required. A simple detailed explanation will work fine. The deadline for applications is May 31st. A panel of judges will select the top 10 finalists and a popular vote will be held through facebook. The dog with the most votes wins. It’s that simple. After the winner is announced, the training will be scheduled to begin.

     The Unleashed Training Program consists of four weeks of training atPetSafeVillage. There is a long list of extras that the dogs get while they are here for the training, including daycamp if they meet the criteria to participate. At the end of the four weeks, the dogs are trained to obey off leash. After the stay here atPetSafeVillage, there are follow up appointments for a full year to ensure the training is maintained, and to address any issues that are specific to the home. This training program is very comprehensive and truly becomes a behavior makeover for the participant.

     Now is the time to finally do something about Fido’s bad behavior, andPetSafeVillageis providing an easy way to accomplish this. The comprehensive behavior makeover that is being given away during the Monster Dog Makeover contest gives contestants the opportunity to get the professional help they need. Don’t be the one who wishes they had done something about their dog’s behavior; be the one who has a dog that is the new envy of the town. Go to PetSafeVillage.com and sign up today!

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Avoid Teaching Your Dog The “Chase” Game

     When we bring our new four-legged addition to the family home for the first time, it is easy to be blinded by our new found love. And for good reason, who wouldn’t adore a new furry friend that thinks you are the center of the universe and is more than willing to shower you with kisses? Then a few weeks or months pass by and all of a sudden you find yourself in the middle of a unwanted game of chase ten minutes before you have to leave for work. After you finally corral your dog you have to tell the embarrassing story to your boss to explain why you are late. There are some very simple solutions to this problem, no matter what stage you find yourself in.

     The old saying a once of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure is exemplified in this scenario. When your dog is feeling a little rambunctious and grabs that off limits object, do everything in your power not to get flustered and try to get it from him. This is how the game of chase starts! I know, I know, it’s your favorite pair of shoes, or your best decorative pillow, but I assure you your dog has no sentimental attachment to the item. It has become one big game to him!

     If you find yourself with a energetic puppy who is trying everything he can to get your attention, do yourself a favor, when he grabs that inappropriate towel just take a deep breath, relax, grab one of his toys and invite him over to play with it. By offering him to play with something that is his you will teach your dog that if he wants you to play  all he has to do is grab his toy and bring it to you. If you chase him around and make a big deal about him having your slippers, he will know all he has to do is grab them and start running around and you will chase him. This scenario can quickly snowball out of control so it is much easier to prevent it from starting than it is to fix it.

     For those of us that fall into the “already taught” category, don’t stress too much. There are a few easy ways to help you overcome this problem and reverse the snowball. Remember your dog has learned to have you chase him because it has become a big game and now we are going to change the rules of the game. The next time he grabs the pillow and takes off running from you, turn the tables on him by grabbing one of his favorite toys, and while making sure he knows you have it, run the opposite direction making a big deal about having the toy. This should certainly spark his interest and make him come running in your direction. Once your dog is coming after your kneel down and start playing keep away with him. By kneeling it will prevent you from trying to revert back to chasing him, and it will make you more playful in his eyes. This will in turn evolve the game of chase into grabbing his own toys and having you play keep away with hm.

     Now, if your dog is waiting until you go outside to play this great game, you will want to address the issue in a similar way. Knowing that he is going to play this game, equip yourself with the tools to fix the problem. Grab that great toy and when he starts running from you pull it out and let him see it. Then, run towards the house and make a big deal about the toy. When he gets to you play with him using the toy to ensure your dog maintains a drive for the toy. This will also allow you to gain control by grabbing his collar. It is important to remember not to get mad and once inside continue to play with him. Otherwise you will teach him not to want the toy.

     As with any behavior you are trying to teach or correct, consistency is paramount. If you are not consistent your dog will quickly learn that if he is persistent enough he will get his way. Furthermore, the entire family has to be on board and doing the same thing or you will just be spinning your wheels. Remember, don’t create the game by ignoring the fact he has your stuff and offer to play with him using his toys. And, if you have already taught the game, turn the table in your favor by grabbing a valued toy and running away from him. While consistency is important, so is keeping your wits about. Be calm and confident while taking control of the situation and you and your dog will live happily ever after.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Uncategorized