Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Murray Tip!

First night at home with your new, CRYING through the night in his crate, puppy?  Toss an air mattress on the floor next to the crate and sleep beside your new buddy.  They remain in their crate where you want to train them to stay, but they're comforted to have you nearby in this new, strange place.  Worked like a charm for both Piper and Murray, and all crying was cured in two nights! 

Zzzzz...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Easing Dog Stress- 5 Tips

A dog with anxiety can be a big challenge.  Going to the bathroom in the house, excessive chewing, and barking or whining are a few symptoms that your dog might be stressed.  Here are few helpful tips:

* Create a safe space that is just for your dog.  A crate is a good place to use.  Use a comfy bed, put in some toys and start training your dog that this is a safe and happy place to relax.

* Properly training a dog can cut down on anxieties.  If your dog knows what is expected of him, it causes him less stress.

* Provide lots and lots of exercise.  A tired dog is a less anxious dog.

* Do not overcompensate and essentially reward the anxious behavior.  If your dog gets cuddled when he displays anxiety, you are reinforcing the anxiety.

* Sometimes a second dog in the home helps relieve stress in a dog.  Sometimes it does not.  Perhaps testing your dog out during doggie play dates would be a good idea.  Maybe he's in need of a buddy of his own kind.

Buddies! ~ Piper helps Murray stay stress free!

Monday, January 19, 2015

MLK Day

We're very grateful for Dr. King. He was a real life hero!  I think in honor of him...

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