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Sunday, December 29, 2013


As this year draws to a close I wish to thank family, friends and all of you who have supported me through the start up of SimplyDogStuff.com.  It has been a long and difficult year.  I've learned a lot, but still have a long way to go.  I know your dogs are as special to you as ours are to our family and I plan to continue to provide what I hope is helpful information and products at the best prices I can obtain.  Please let me know if there is something you are interested in seeing on the site or if you see problems that I need to fix.  Remember I'm new at this!  Thank you for your support and your patience!  May you and yours be blessed this coming year!


Monday, December 16, 2013


 In my business I see how important it is for dogs to be well socialized.  Making sure your pooch gets along well with other dogs as well as other humans will relieve a great deal of his anxiety as well as yours when going out together or having to separate for a time.  Imagine having to leave your dog in a daycare or boarding facility while you go on vacation.  The difference between a well socialized dog and one who is not would be you could either be dropping off a scared, shivering, frightened dog causing anxiousness for you both at departure; or you could drop off a happy dog who is playful and thrilled to see some fun playmates and you could go on vacation feeling relaxed that your dog will be fine, having a good time with his friends.

The following article has some great information on ways to help socialize your dog.  I hope it's helpful!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Dogs are eager to please making positive reinforcement a great tool in dog training.  The following is a great video on learning to use positive reinforcement in training.  I hope it's helpful to some of you.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Why Do Dogs Urine Mark?

 Unspayed female and unneutered male are much more likely to urine mark than spayed/neutered dogs.  In females it is more frequent just before and while they are in heat.  Most dogs scent mark by raising a leg and urinating small amounts on vertical surfaces.

Some dogs urine mark when new dogs come into their environment or they smell urine left in their environments by other dogs. A dog’s environment may encompass his home, his yard, the route he usually takes when on walks, friends’ homes he regularly visits, and parks or other locations he frequents.
Exciting social situations can trigger urine marking. Some male dogs only urine mark when in the presence of female dogs, and some urine mark only when interacting with other male dogs. Some dogs only urine mark when visiting homes where other dogs have urine marked before. Other dogs only urine mark when they become overstimulated in social situations. 

Some dogs urine mark when they experience anxiety. Anxious dogs might urinate greater amounts than dogs marking for other reasons. They might also urine mark on spots that aren’t vertical surfaces.  Many things can cause anxiety and trigger urine marking, including the presence of new objects, furniture or luggage in a dog’s environment, the departure of a resident from a dog’s home, a new person moving into the home, and conflict between a dog and people or other animals in the home.

Medical Causes to Rule Out

There are several medical reasons for house soiling which should be ruled out before evaluating or treating your dog for urine marking.

Other Types of Urination Problems to Rule Out

Your dog might have a submissive or excitement urination problem if he only urinates during greetings, play, physical contact, scolding or punishment. If this is the case, you might notice him displaying submissive postures during interactions. He might cringe or cower, roll over on his belly, duck his head, avert his eyes, flatten his ears or all of the above. 

If a dog has always soiled in the home, has lived outside or in a kennel, or has an unknown history, it’s likely that she simply has never been house trained. 

If your dog only soils when left alone in your home, even for short periods of time, she may have separation anxiety. If this is the case, you may notice that she appears nervous or upset right before you leave her by herself or after you’ve left.

Treatment For Urine Marking

The easiest solution for urine marking in a reproductively intact dog is to spay/neuter the dog. Neutering male dogs successfully eliminates or greatly reduces household urine marking in 50 to 60 percent of cases according to WebMD.

If you plan to breed your dog and you’re resistant to spaying or neutering, you can follow many of the suggestions that follow for dogs who appear to urine mark in response to specific social or environmental triggers. Be aware, however, that the likelihood of successfully eliminating or reducing urine marking is lower if your dog is still intact.

The following ideas might help reduce urine marking if your dog performs the behavior when encountering new things in his environment or experiencing certain social situations:
  1. Restrict your dog’s access to things he’s likely to mark. Don’t allow other dogs to visit your home or yard. You can also try blocking your dog’s visual access to other dogs.
  2. If you have a male dog, have him wear a bellyband (also known as a male dog wrap) so he can mark but not soil in your home. You can purchase a bellyband made for dogs from a pet supply company. This option is especially appropriate if your dog only urine marks when visiting other homes.
  3. If your dog predictably marks certain objects (bags, suitcases or shoes, for example), or if he only marks in certain locations, place treats around those objects or in those areas. Your dog might start to regard objects he used to mark and places where he used to mark as sources of food rather than triggers for marking.
  4. Clean previously marked locations with an enzymatic cleaner, such as Nature’s Miracle® Stain and Odor Remover, to minimize smells that can attract your dog and cause him to mark again. You can find cleaners made for eliminating pet odors at most pet supply stores and some grocery stores.
  5. Try to make marked areas unpleasant to discourage your dog from returning. Try using double-sided sticky tape, vinyl carpet runner turned upside-down to expose the knobby surface, or other types of humane, harmless booby traps. Keep in mind, however, that your dog might simply select another place to urine mark.
  6. Provide your dog with an acceptable target for marking, such as a tree trunk or artificial fire hydrant. Expose him to something that prompts his marking, such as the urine of another dog, and then immediately take him to your chosen target. Wait until he marks, and then reward him with praise and a few tasty treats for marking in the correct place.
 A small number of dogs urine mark when distressed or anxious. Typically, this kind of marking is prompted by some perceived threat.  To reduce your dog’s anxiety-induced marking, try the following suggestions:

  1. Restrict your dog’s access to things that he’s likely to mark.
  2. Try to resolve conflicts between family pets.  If necessary seek help from a certified professional dog trainer for tips on resolving pet conflicts.
  3. If a new resident has joined your household, try to resolve anxiety between your dog and the new person. Make the new person a source of things your dog really enjoys, such as food, treats, chewies, walks, play and exciting outings. If conflict continues, please consult a qualified pet professional for help.
For more great information see:  http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/stop-male-dog-urine-marking/