Jacob with Sit Means Sit San Austin [http://austin.sitmeanssit.com] had a rambunctious one on his hands with Rosie, the young Golden Retriever! During her board and train, Jacob taught her how to listen to him and her owners, how to walk well on a leash and how to not go crazy when she sees other dogs!
- Carrier cleaning – Would you want to spend any time in a pet carrier that never got cleaned? Well, neither does your dog. Take a few minutes to wipe down his crate or carrier thoroughly. Good old soap and water is safer for your pet than bleach or disinfectants. Once you’ve got it clean, try to keep it that way.
- Grooming – Springtime means going out and enjoying the temperate weather, but is your dog ready to meet his adoring public? This might be an ideal time to schedule a grooming session. Grooming not only makes your pet look and smell nicer, but it can also reveal possible skin diseases, infestations or other health issues that need attention. And rimming your dog’s nails can help spare that new floor or rug you bought to impress holiday guests. It is also very uncomfortable for your dog to walk on long nails! While this is a good time to remind you, proper oral hygiene is always important for your dog.
- Carpets and bedding – If your dog has enjoyed an active winter in the great outdoors, he probably tracked fair amount of the great outdoors into the house, including possible parasites. Fleas and flea eggs love to lie low in these fabrics until they get a chance to spring onto any of your pets or family members. Regular cleaning and vacuuming can help keep these parts of your home flea-free. (Remember to throw out the used vacuum bag after each cleaning.)
One final spring cleaning tip: Don’t leave any cleaning chemicals in paw’s reach while you’re tidying up your home, or you could have a veterinary emergency on your hands. If you do use commercial cleaning products, make absolutely sure they’re completely dry, and the space completely aired out, before letting your dog enter.
Danielle with Sit Means Sit San Austin [http://austin.sitmeanssit.com] did a fantastic job training Gypsy, the 7 month old Vizsla. Just like the breed, she is very hyper and wants to go and do everything. Danielle taught her how to focus and pay attention when she was asked to. She taught her to walk well on a leash and to not go over the top crazy when she saw people and other dogs!
Dog’s Name: “Bo”
Likes:He loves to take a ride in our car and visit Zilker park where he can play with other dogs.
Pet-Peeves:Stay by himself outside
Favorite Toy:SHe loves the frisbees and some balls that we throw far away and he looks for them.
Favorite Treat: He loves some organic cookies and real marrow bones.
Favorite Walk: Love to visit the trail at Zilker park and drop the kids to the schools.
Best Trick: He sits, stays and jump all the way to our trampoline.
Arrival Story: We bought Bo from different options, all my kids decided that he was the one to become part of our family
Why Training / Sit Means Sit:We think Sit Means Sit has a good program with the quality we requested to train our dog
Motto:Caring, loving and faithful. He is always happy to see us and he loves to be around us. He feels happy with us and we feel happy with him.
Dogs seem to do just about everything with their mouths, from fetching disgusting old tennis balls, to carrying their pups around by the scruff of the neck. But if you think that canine teeth and gums were made of some special indestructible material, think again. Your dog is subject to many of the same dental problems you and I are — and that’s why dental hygiene plays such an important role in veterinary wellness.
Every time a dog eats, he collects plaque on his teeth and gums. Plaque hardens into tartar, attracting an increasing number of bacteria along with more and more plaque buildup. These bacteria destroy the tooth enamel, causing cavities and decay all the way into the pulp. They also eat their way into the gums, causing painful periodontal disease, tooth or bone loss, and possible organ damage. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help prevent your beloved friend from suffering these complications.
Dental hygiene starts at home, both for dogs and for people. Purchase a pet-friendly toothbrush and pet toothpaste in your dog’s favorite flavor (they come in beef, chicken, and other meaty flavors) from your local pet store. Do not use human toothpaste. Also, some dogs and/or people prefer a finger brush. Next, train your dog to accept brushing as a routine by rubbing the toothpaste on his gums with your fingers; once he realizes how good it tastes, he may actually welcome a regular brushing routine! Start slow and don’t try to do the entire mouth your first time. Ask your dog trainer to help you if you are having a difficult time.
Nylon chew toys and, even better, sturdy rubber toys with nubs are another doggie favorite that can help keep the teeth cleaner. But none of this substitutes for annual dental checkups and cleanings from your veterinarian. The vet can make sure your dog’s mouth is free of dental or oral diseases, while professional cleanings scrape away tough tartar that no amount of home hygiene could remove. So keep the dental hygiene, and help ensure healthier canines for your canine!
Most dog owners know that their furry pals need some sort of exercise each day, even those canine “couch potatoes” who would happily sleep most of their lives away. Your dog might seem content with a daily walk — but while that’s certainly beneficial, it isn’t enough. To have a truly healthy, happy and responsive dog, you need to present him with entertaining challenges that exercise his mind as well as his body.
Some activities naturally cultivate both physical and mental powers. Fetch, for instance, is not only a fun workout, but, if done right, it also reinforces commands such as “Fetch,” “Sit,” “Break” (to release the “Sit” command), “Come,” “Bring it,” “Drop it,” “Give it,” “Place,” et cetera. With plenty of patience, you can even teach a really smart dog to fetch one particular ball or toy out of several choices. Or for some truly Olympian mind/body exercise, how about setting up an obstacle course in your yard?
Of course you don’t have to combine mental exercises with vigorous physical activity; low-key games and tricks can still help to coordinate mind and body even when the weather or other circumstances bring the action indoors. Even simple commands such as “Sit” or “Place” can seem fun to an animal who loves to show off his new skills and please his master, especially if you remember to provide treats or other rewards for each job well done. Hide and seek is a great mental exercise; try hiding treats around the house as an extra challenge. Or hide yourself, treats in hand, while your pet stays in position (with or without the aid of someone else). This game will appeal to your pet’s hunting instinct while nurturing his problem-solving skills. Have fun — both of you!
Or “Yellow Ribbon Dog?”
Ever had someone invade your personal space? Most of us have had that experience at some point, and if you’re not ready for it, it can be a pretty unsettling experience. Well, dogs have the same need for a degree of personal space at times, especially if they’re working through past trust issues, or still in the process of learning socialization with humans and other animals. These dogs really need others to recognize their need for personal space during this time — and that’s the purpose of The Yellow Dog Project. Continue reading
Danielle with Sit Means Sit Austin [http://austin.sitmeanssit.com] spent a week teaching Mia, the 9 month old Doberman, that not everyone wants to play with her and that she needs to learn to behave like a young lady! All she wanted to do was go play and she needed to learn when she could and when she needed to stay on her place and be calm.
Did you know that January is National Train Your Dog Month? No, I am not making that up. Of course, that describes every month for your friends here at Sit Means Sit. But according to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, this is the fourth January in a row that they’ve urged owners to start the new year off right for their dogs by giving them the basic training they need to enjoy a happy, safe, healthy life.
Troy and Shelly had a fun week training Ellis, an 8 month old Springer Spaniel. He had no idea what an “off” switch was. He was go, go go all the time. We had fun teaching him to walk well on the leash, not to jump on people, not to bolt out the door and to stay on place! He is still a crazy dog but he now knows how to turn is crazy “off”!