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Archive for August, 2010

5 Things Animals Teach Children

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Sometimes parents decide to bring an animal into the family to teach their children responsibility.  Sometimes animals just arrive on our doorsteps and we can’t find the strength to tell our kids’ pleading eyes “no”.  But animals can teach children much more than responsibility.  Here are 5 things you may not have considered!

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Helpful Tips for Crate Training Your Puppy

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Crate training your puppy can be a great thing – both for you and your puppy.  The crate can be a security of sorts while you are away from the home, lessening the chances for separation anxiety…if trained correctly.  Here are some do’s and don’ts of crate training!

Do’s

–  First and foremost, give your puppy a chance to get used to the crate before putting him in it and making him stay there for hours on end.  Introduce him to it slowly so he knows it is nothing to fear.

–  After you have the crate set up and in working order, put it in a room where you are the most throughout the day such as the living room or kitchen.  Periodically, throw a few small pieces of dog food or very small treats into the crate.  When your puppy goes investigating, he’ll find some goodies which will in turn allow him to associate the crate with a positive feeling.

–  Some puppies are not so curious and know better than to go near something that resembles a cage.  If this is the case with your puppy, try feeding him in front of the crate a few times.  As he gets used to it, move the bowl right inside the door.  Then move it further back until your puppy is entirely inside of the crate eating his meals.  Again, he will start to associate the crate with something positive and be less afraid.

–  Just to really enforce the point that the crate is a good thing, try playing a game to include the crate.  Take one of your puppy’s bones or favorite toys and allow him to see you put it in the crate.  Then ask your puppy “where’s your toy?” and allow him to find it.  When he goes in to retrieve the bone or toy, praise him verbally over and over to show him that going inside is the behavior you want.

Don’ts

–  After a few times of the game playing and hidden treats, your puppy will be ready to take a spin in his new crate.  Do not immediately assume that he is going to do well in the crate.  Instead, try putting him in the crate for a few small increments at a time.  Put your puppy in the crate and go get the mail, make coffee or lunch.  Do this at different times of the day for only a few minutes each time.  Slowly increase the amount of time he is in there until you’re comfortable that he is not scared, anxious or nervous.

–  Never, at any point in time, fuss or make a big deal out of leaving your puppy out of the crate.  This will make him think that being out of the crate is better than being him.  Simply open the door and let him out to potty or go about your business as you normally would.  After a few minutes, you may greet him and give him hellos and love he deserves.

–  If nothing else, do not shove, push or force your puppy into the crate at any time.  This will surely make him afraid of the crate and make being in the crate a terrifying experience.

Shopping List for Your New Furry Addition

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

You arrive home with your new kitten or puppy and realize you have very little of the essentials for him.  Don’t panic!  We have the shopping list of all the must-haves ready for you here!

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Scituate Dog Training – Important Tips for DIY

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Maybe you’ve just opened your home to a puppy and are ready to embark on training him to be a polite, well behaved furry member of the family.  Or maybe your dog is ready to learn some new tricks.  Whatever the case, these are the most important tips to remember while you’re training for you, your puppy, your family and even your Scituate dog sitter!

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Top 3 Puppy Accidents

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

If you’ve ever been around a puppy for more than a few moments, you know the curiosity and endless energy they have.  This curiosity can be dangerous for your puppy.  Here are the top 3 accidents that happen with puppies and what you can do to avoid them!

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