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Archive for November, 2011

Bringing Home A New Puppy? Six Stress Busting Tips

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Are you planning on adding a new puppy to your family? Congratulations! You’re going to be adding a lot of joy and excitement to your everyday routine. Puppies are adorable bundles of affection. They’re also a lot of work.

Raising a puppy to adulthood is, in many ways, comparable to dealing with a human baby. Puppies need to learn so much: how to sleep alone, when and where to go to the bathroom, what is and isn’t a toy, how to handle those long hours when all the people go to work and school and they’re left to their own puppy resources.

Here are six stress busting tips for life with a new puppy:

Prepare For Lifestyle Change

Adding a new puppy to your family means changing your lifestyle. Suddenly there’s a whole other being who has lots of needs that must be met. Talk with your family about what the new puppy will mean. Who will feed the dog? Who will make sure it has fresh drinking water? Who will play with the puppy and take her for walks? Be realistic about your children’s pet-care skills and abilities.

Hull In Home Puppy Sitting For Safety and Security

If you have to leave your puppy alone for an extended period of time (overnight to a few days) arrange for Hull in home pet sitting. There are two reasons for this. Your puppy doesn’t know everything it needs to stay unsupervised safely for more than a few hours. Second, in this tight economy, bad people are stealing puppies for quick resale. You want to keep your puppy safe.

Focus on Fun: Celebrate the Positive

Have fun with your puppy every day. It’s good for both of you! A simple game of fetch in the yard gives you both physical exercise, boosts your cardiovascular health, and lifts the spirit. Alleviate stress, banish anxiety, and smile more! Make sure to take pictures and videos of the good times you have with your puppy!

Reward The Behavior You Want Repeated

Puppies learn best from positive reinforcement. If you praise them, give them treats and attention when they do well, they will keep trying to do well…because puppies love praise! (Don’t we all?) Address negative behaviors with kind correction.

Arrange For Hull Dog Walking Service

You want your puppy to be healthy. To be their best, puppies need a way to exercise their minds and bodies. Hull dog walking is the answer. Your puppy will get a chance to exercise their growing muscles during a vigorous daily walk. The chance to socialize with other dogs is a great learning experience for your new puppy.

Remember: Puppies Need Quiet Too

It’s very exciting to have a new puppy. Children (of all ages!) have a tendency to give a new puppy a level of attention and affection that can be overwhelming. Remember, you’re going to have plenty of time to snuggle and play with the puppy in the coming days, weeks, months and years! Let the little pup have some peace and quiet: they need time to process and adjust to the changes in their life.

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Burnt Out By Black Friday Shopping? Cohasset Dog Walking Service: The Perfect Gift

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Black Friday seems to get crazier and crazier every year.  Last year I thought it had reached the all time low when people were trampled, some injured badly, trying to reach Wal-Mart’s door buster sales.  This year, however, we’ve a woman who used pepper spray to make sure she could get her share of the savings. (She later turned herself in to the police.)

I don’t know about you, but that’s the type of event that makes me swear off the local shopping mall forever! Who wants to take their life in their hands just to get a simple holiday gift? Luckily, there’s a perfect gift idea that’s easy, simple, and sure to delight any dog-owners on your list. Best of all: you don’t have to wrap it!

What is this wonder gift? I’m talking about Cohasset dog walking service.  Let’s face it: our friends and family members may love their dog to pieces, but none of us have enough hours in the day to do what we need to do.  We have demanding jobs, busy families, and more chores and obligations than seems even possible.  Meanwhile, our dogs sit patiently waiting for someone to play with them, take them for walks, and give them love and affection.

Dogs are patient, but even the most well behaved dog will develop anxiety-related behaviors if they’re left to their own devices too  long.  Some dogs become depressed.  Other dogs develop destructive behaviors, including chewing furniture, clawing floors, making messes indoors and becoming aggressive.

Give the give of Dog walking service. That way, a professional Cohasset dog walker will take the dog out for a brisk, vigorous walk around the neighborhood regularly. The dog receives much needed physical exercise: great for their cardiovascular health and emotional well being.  Your friend or family member gets to know their dog is receiving awesome care.  It’s a great gift for everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving from Take the Lead Pet Care

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! We hope you have more blessings in your life than there are puppies in the bucket – and we hope your holidays are ten times as fun!

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with family and friends.  It’s a time to celebrate great food: make sure to enjoy that turkey!

And it’s time to be thankful for those things that make our lives better and more enjoyable.  Our canine companions certainly play a role in making our lives better.  This Thanksgiving, you should let them know! Here are some easy ways to do that:

  • Play ball!  Hunting breed dogs will love this game the most, but almost every dog enjoys playing a game of fetch with their owners.  Choose soft, strong balls that can stand up to your dog’s chewing and don’t present a choking hazard — and play the game outdoors if you want your furniture to survive!
  • Great grooming! Grooming your dog isn’t difficult. You don’t *have* to run to the pet salon to keep your canine companion looking sharp.  Simple brushing can do wonders for your dog’s appearance, and they they enjoy the time being the object of your attention.
  • Go for a walk! Walking is a great way to improve your dog’s physical and mental health.  And guess what? It does wonders for your well-being as well! If you can’t walk your dog yourself regularly, hire a local dog walking service to make sure your dog gets the exercise they need to stay healthy.
  • Go into training. Many dog breeds were developed for specific purposes.  This can be herding animals, pulling sleds, or guarding the homestead.  Today, there are many competitions designed to use these skills in new ways.  Training your dog to participate in skilled events is a great way to bond, and it’s a ton of fun for your dog.  Give it a try: you just might like it!

Scituate: Stress Free Thanksgiving For Your Dog

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Thanksgiving Food (2008) with DogIf you were in a grocery store anywhere in America today, you know the truth: Thanksgiving Day is coming! Today is National Take Your Turkey Out of The Freezer Day. If you want the big bird to thaw in time for the feast on Thursday, you need to start the process today.

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather.  We celebrate with a big meal, followed up by some serious football watching. Once the tryptophan (that’s the naturally occurring hormone in turkey that makes us feel sleepy!) kicks in, it’s all about the napping. Sleep when you can.  Black Friday shopping starts earlier than ever this year!

What about your dog? Scituate professional pet sitters and dog walkers know that this is the time of year when dogs value routine. Holiday gatherings are fun for us, but our dogs can get stressed right out when the house is suddenly full of unfamiliar people, new sounds, and strange smells.  Sometimes our guests are children who don’t know the best way to conduct themselves around dogs.  This can cause anxiety and depression in your dog.

Dog experts recommend giving your dog a sheltered space to retreat to if the holiday festivities become too overwhelming. If you’re the one traveling to the Thanksgiving gathering, Scituate in home pet sitting allows your dog to stay home in comfortable surroundings, receiving the care and affection they need to thrive.

And while we can pack on pounds during the holiday season, it’s important for our dog’s health that we keep them from feasting too heavily.  Many of the foods we serve as appetizers and finger foods are too heavily spiced and rich for dog stomachs – not that that will stop them from chowing down! Keep snack trays out of reach for Fido’s happy holidays. Regular exercise is essential for your dog’s physical and emotional health.  Have your Scituate dog walker take your dog out for regular walks.  Not only does this keep them healthy, it keeps your canine companion from ‘helping’ while you do holiday preparation and decorate!

Pembroke: Do You Have a “Scary” Dog? Finding a Dog Walking Service

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

“Leo’s just a big baby. He loves to have his tummy rubbed.” Sueanne is a tiny woman, barely five foot tall. When her St. Bernard Leo wants affection, he puts his paws on her shoulders, a sight that more than a few people have described as “Absolutely Terrifying.”

“It’s just because he’s big. Leo wouldn’t hurt a fly, and I know. I’ve had him since he was a puppy. But it does make it hard to find dog walkers and Pembroke in home pet sitting. People are just afraid of him. They won’t give him a chance!”

Pembroke In Home Pet Sitting

If you have a Rottie, Doberman, German Shepherd, St. Bernard, or other big dog, you may have had the same experience Sueanne has had: it can be difficult to find dog walkers and in home Pet Sitting in Pembroke for big dogs. However, the best Pembroke dog walkers know that it’s not a dog’s size that matters. Attitude, training, and a dog’s own personality are far better indicators of how a dog is going to behave than size.

In fact, some of the most difficult dogs to manage can be pint-sized!

Large dogs need regular exercise to maintain their physical and emotional health. Pembroke dog walking sevice gets your large breed dog out of the house and moving. This is great for their cardiovascular health. Big dogs have big hearts – and those big hearts need exercise!

Large breed dogs have emotional health needs too! Being large is no defense against feelings of abandonment, anxiety, boredom and depression – all of which can manifest when a dog is left alone for significant periods of time. Pembroke in home pet sitting can be the answer. Your dog receives the comfort, care and companionship they need to stay healthy while you’re on the road!