If you are using Pilocarpine 0.1% Ophthalmic Solution to treat your dog for Glacoma or treating neurogenic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) also known as “dry eye,” which is a disorder of the tear glands that causes insufficient tear production. Dogs can have dry eye because of disease of the immune system or an injury, stop use and contact your Veterinarian.
Using a Professional Pet Sitter is beneficial for Pets and Pet Owners/Parents.
If you use a Professional Pet Sitter we would like to say that you will never worry about your pet again, but we know Pet Parents always have some worry about their Pets when they are away.
For the Pets:
- Pet Benefits include:
- No stress caused by travel to vet or kennel.
- Not being exposed to illness or parasites from other animals.
- Being at home with familiar surroundings and being safe and secure.
- Being able to have their own food and water.
- Being able to have some exercise and personal attention.
- Ability to maintain medical treatment, if required.
- Having someone you know who can be responsible in case of an emergency.
For the Pet Owner/Parent:
- Your benefits include:
- Not having to twist arms or pressure friends, family or even neighbors.
- Confidence that your pet is being cared for by loving hands.
- No rushing to drop off or pick up your pet.
- Feeling that you home is more secure with having your pet sitter coming and going multiple times a day.
- Knowing that once you have an established relationship with your Pet Sitter you have a back up emergency contact person.
Help! My puppy thinks the house is a potty spot!
One of the most frequently asked questions I hear is about house-training. Sometimes it is more of a scream for help before I re-home the dog!
Perhaps I am getting arrogant because I think it is one of the easiest things for a puppy to learn. It is really a simple process. But then again maybe not. One of my mentors cautioned about arrogance in dog training. I liked the way he put it – everyone’s brain has different priorities. My brain is a dog trainers brain. My doctors brain is a doctor brain. I fill my head with dog stuff, the doctor fills his brain with doctor stuff. So of course, the doctor has trouble house training his puppy. I don’t understand a lot of doctor stuff either. So what is simple to me is very complex for someone else, even really smart people like brain surgeons and engineers.
We have all heard that dogs don’t like to soil where they sleep, so why would they keep eliminating in the house? They don’t sleep in the whole house. We need to only give them small amounts of space and increase it as they earn it and figure out the entire house is the den. So if your puppy is allowed free reign of the house unsupervised, chances are good you will have house-training problems.
We can look to humans to understand the need for a schedule. I was a young mother at one time and as of a few days ago I am new grandmother! All babies lack the ability to control their bowels and bladder until they are around 3 or 4. Puppies are no different. It takes a while for the brain to develop pathways to control those functions. So until the pathways are developed we rely on a schedule. Just like we try to get newborns on a feeding and sleeping schedule and then toddlers on a potty schedule.
When I house-train a puppy there are few necessary tools. One is a crate. Crates are not cruel unless used too much or for punishment. Crates are natural dens and safe places for puppies. Crate training is easy. If you think that is not true, go look for your dog. You will probably find them behind a chair, under a table or something similar. Yep, they made their own den.
The other important item is a tether or a baby gate. Puppy needs to be supervised ALL THE TIME! I use a leash to tether my puppy to me for a few hours each day and alternate between the crate. If I cannot keep my puppy in sight, he or she is in a crate or behind a baby gate on a tile floor or other easily cleaned surface.
Next are good tasty treats. Use a few treats to reward eliminating in the right spot.
Now for the most important item – a schedule. Your puppy will need to potty shortly after eating, drinking, playing or sleeping. Just like humans. Work your schedule around these life processes and make sure puppy is taken out to potty after these life processes and the rest is really pretty easy.
There are some breeds that are more difficult to house-train because they are so small. But they are trainable, they may just take longer. Any medium to large breed dog that is not house trained by 6 months should be evaluated by a vet. Small breed dogs may take up to 9 months to train.
If you are still having problems contact me for a one on one.
Photo’s from Pixabay.
Look for it!!! Rally style obedience is coming to McAlester, Oklahoma!!!
Rally obedience is one of the newest AKC (American Kennel Club) from of dog sports. It is fun! You can talk to your dog!! Easy to learn! Come try it out.
Classes will be starting soon. I will be instructing at Angela’s Klever K9s dog training facility in McAlester, Oklahoma.
Please call 541-571-5609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message via this website contact form to register.
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This isn’t Kathy but her Web Designer. I saw this article and I wanted to share it with you. I can tell you one of the things that helped my German Shepherd live to just over 14 years of age and able to move around on her own until the last day was exercise. We walked 2 to 3 times daily, snow, rain or shine. Paw Patch Pets has a Dog Walking Service, Kathy will come and take your buddy for a 15 minute walk for some exercise and that midday potty break. 15 minutes doesn’t sound like a large amount of time, but even that 15 minute break in the middle of the day is beneficial for your dog. Keeps older dogs moving, helps with the potty training of puppies and gives a you dog a break for the boredom of being home alone for 8 hours or more a day. Don’t feel guilty because you are working and your dog could use a short walk, contact Paw Patch Pets in McAlester, OK and Kathy will take your dog out for a walk.
(Note: Picture from Pixabay, not my dog)
I always suggest checking with your Veterinarian. But if it is late at night and your dog is suffering an allergic reaction to an insect bite or sting it would be nice to know what is the safe dose of Benadryl . I saw this posted on Facebook but I wanted to share it here.
Mayhem between Agility Classes. Visit on Facebook
From the FDA Website
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Product Description: Dog and Cat Food
Reason or Problem: Salmonella
Company: Smallbatch Pets, Inc.
From the FDA Website
Brand Name: Truxton Incorporated
Product Description: Amitriptyline HCL Tablets, USP 50mg and Phenobarbital Tablets, USP 15mg, 30mg, 60mg, 100mg
Reason or Problem: Labeling mix-up
Company: C.O. Truxton, Inc.