Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Don't forget about your pet during this storm season. Plan now and pack a disaster kit. Here's a list of some useful items to include inside...
- Leash and collar with an ID tag already attached.
- A copy of current vaccination records from your vet. We don't recommend relying on a Rabies tag as it does not include dates.
- Recent photo of your pet in case of separation.
- A week's worth of food, water and any medications your pet will need.
- Food and water dishes
- A blanket
- A pet first-aid kit. This should include vetrap or some sort of bandages, antiseptic spray, children's aspirin, tweezers and scissors.
These listed above are your very basics. You might also want to make sure you have a crate available, perhaps some toys, and a supply of plastic bags to name a few.
Don't forget to also have some sort of game plan for your pets. Who is responsible for finding them if there was a fire? Were would you put them? Who can watch your pets for you if you cannot, and so on...
Feel free to leave more tips and ideas.
Monday, June 7, 2010
But why do dogs bark?
Humans have bred dogs to bark for a number of reasons, and yes we have even encouraged and praised barking. How else would we know if there was a stranger lurking about? Or where the rabbit had gone? This would be good attention. But because dogs are social animals they will bark for bad attention too. This means if the only time a dog gets any attention, even if it's a punishment, is if it barks, then it will do so.
As we know from countless documentaries on wolves, dogs are social creatures. Naturally they choose to communicate mainly with body language and other audible communication. Just like for attention some dogs bark just in effort to communicate with their humans... even if the human is yelling for them to be quiet.
Out of Boredom
Like a child who will talk to themselves when left to play alone, a bored dog will bark just for something to do.
What can be done about nuisance barking?
- Spend time with your dog everyday. This not only ensures that their social needs are fulfilled, but also keeps down on boredom, desperation and anxiety.
- Train your dog. You cannot correct a behavior if your pet does not know the right behavior to begin with. Contact our trainers for more tips on training both the "Quiet" and the "Speak" command.
- Problem solve. If your dog is barking out of boredom, try new chews and toys to occupy their time if you can't be there. See if you need new privacy fences or plants to protect your dog from taunters such as neighborhood children or passing dogs.