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Training Your Dog in 5-Minute Sessions

Dec_2014_1You’re busy and don’t really have enough time to train your dog… or so you think. Did you know you can train your dog in sessions of 5 to 10 minutes?

Short training sessions are great for busy parents and they also help dogs. Learning in shorter chunks keeps them motivated and focused. Here’s how to get started…

Choose a time for training

Walk your dog every day? Include a short training activity in one of your daily walks. If you don’t walk your dog, set aside 5 to 10 minutes for a playtime session that will double as training. Daily sessions are best, but if you can’t fit them in, shoot for a few times a week.

One command at a time

Focus on one basic command—sit, stay, come, heel or down—until your dog has mastered it. For example, show your dog the command and what you expect, reward him when he does it correctly and keep reinforcing it. With practice, your dog will start following your commands consistently. Continue reading

Top Tips for Tick Removal

Dec_2014_1Do you know how to remove a live tick from your dog’s skin? It’s a skill every pet owner should have. It’s especially important if you live near wooded areas or have a year-round pest season.

 

Here are our tips for tick removal…

Ditch the home remedies

You may have heard a few remedies for handling ticks, including using a lit match or petroleum jelly, among others. But these remedies don’t always work and may even make things worse. If the tick gets stimulated, it could release more (possibly infected) fluids into the bloodstream—the opposite of what you want to achieve. Continue reading

How to Find Your Dog Breed Match

Dec_2014_1Here are a few questions that will help you find the best doggie for you:

Why do you want to get a dog?

What’s your main reason for getting a dog? Is it for your kids, for companionship, or to have a pet for play and exercise? Thinking about this first will help with your breed choice later.

Level of activity: couch potato or fireball?

This answer will depend on your lifestyle and how much time you can devote to your dog. In other words, don’t get a sporting or hunting breed if you can’t spend time outdoors with him. Keep in mind, puppies and toy breeds need play time too.

Size: From tote-sized to massive

The cute puppy will eventually grow to full size and that size needs to be accommodated. Whether you live in an apartment or home, your space may dictate the size of your dog. A Chihuahua will be at home either way, but an Akita will have a tight fit in a small space. Continue reading