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Saturday, November 23, 2013

EASING SEPARATION ANXIETY IN DOGS

If you come home to household destruction or complaints from neighbors about the noise your pooch has created while you were away you may be dealing with separation anxiety.  Below are a few tips which may be helpful in easing your dog's anxiety.

1.  Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise (especially before you leave), so he's worn out and ready for a rest.  A nice long brisk walk followed by food and water will have him ready for a relaxing nap.  You could consider putting his breakfast in a Kong Toy when you leave so he has to spend some time working for his food and thinking about that after you go.
2.  Start small by only leaving for 5-10 minutes at a time.  Then work up to 20-30 and before long you can go to work for the day without coming home to a mess.
3.  Don't make a big deal out of leaving or returning.  If you feel like you need to say your good-byes do it a few minutes before you leave, but you want leaving to become a nonissue.  Give your pooch an article of clothing that smells like you, something you've recently worn for comfort.  When returning home wait until he's calmed down to greet him.
4.  You could consider creating a "safe place" which would limit destructiveness while in training.  A safe place should loosely confine the dog and have a window for sunlight. An example would be a laundry room where he could lay on a dog bed and also have laundry that smells of the family for comfort.  He should have some dog toys available to distract him as well. 
5.  You should establish a safety cue, a word or action you use every time you leave that tells your dog you'll be back.
6.  It will take time for your dog to unlearn his panic response.  While you're working with him you could consider trying a doggy daycare or kennel or even having a friend watch him to lessen his anxiety.
7.  Things that won't help are punishment or obedience training because the dog isn't just being bad because he's bored or angry at being left, it's an actual panic response from the separation anxiety.  Crating won't help as they will still have the panic and may hurt themselves trying to escape.  Creating a "safe place" as above is a better option.  Getting another dog usually doesn't help because the separation anxiety is due to being separated from you, not just from being alone.
8.  Try to put your own guilt and worry aside and project a feeling of confidence to your dog that everything will be good.  He will feel it!

Monday, November 18, 2013

NEW HOLIDAY DOG COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE

SimplyDogStuff.com http://simplydogstuff.com/  has a new holiday collection http://simplydogstuff.com/category_98/Holiday-Dog-Collection.htm featuring darling dog dresses, super cute dog sweaters, and dog vests as well as some festive dog collars and a fun selection of dog toys.  Don't forget your furbaby this holiday! 

Our FALLFRENZY 20% off sale continues through the end of November so now is the time to get started on your holiday shopping for your four-legged family members.


Snow Drop Dog Dress

Little Red Riding Dog Coat

Winter Wonderland Dog Vest
Kyjen Christmas Hide-a-Squirrel
Fair Isle Snowflake Hoodie

Rudolph Dog Hoodie

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

ADOPT A SENIOR DOG MONTH - CONSIDER IT!

Animal organizations all over the country are observing the month of November as "Adopt a Senior Pet Month."  Some shelters are giving discounts on adoption fees for senior pets and some are giving discounts to senior citizens who adopt senior pets - a double win.

 Sadly, senior pets are often the most overlooked in the shelters as adopters think they need a cute puppy or kitten.  There are many advantages to adopting a senior pet.  Their personalities are already well established making matching a pet with a family easier for adoption counselors.  In most cases they are calmer, already housetrained, they have outgrown any chewing problems and know basic commands.

If you are considering adopting a senior you'll want to consider the expense of health care, but in exchange you'll gain a great sense of satisfaction in the life you've spared and the love and loyalty you'll get in return.

Senior pets still have a ton of love and compassion to share and they make amazing companions, so if you can find it in your heart, consider saving a senior pet.

Friday, November 8, 2013

AMAZING REUNION THANKS TO THE POWER OF FACEBOOK!

Thanks to all those who jump in and pass on information about missing pets, rescue pets, and shelter pets.  You all are awesome!  If you think there are too many to help or that sharing info with just your friends won't help, this story may change your minds.

http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/11/facebook-reunites-dog-missing-for-two-years/