Karis with Sit Means Sit San Antonio had a squirrly one on her hands with Elsa, the young yellow lab. Elsa is a very happy girl with a ton of energy but we needed to teach her to listen but keep the energy! Karis used places to teach her to control her energy and not only taught her to walk well on a leash, but taught her to walk very well off leash!
Holidays can be a time of food and fun for most people, but for dogs they can be a dangerous time of the year. Troy Pfeifer with Sit Means Sit visited our studio on Thursday along with his trusty sidekick Jezebel to share some tips for protecting your pets this time of year. Ornaments, tinsel and other decorations often look like shiny toys to our pets, so we should be mindful of where those items are located in our homes. There are a variety of foods that can also pose health hazards. Very bitter chocolate can be poisonous to dogs, and cooked bones can often splinter and do harm to their internal organs. Bread dough can also be dangerous because the yeast will proof in the dog’s stomach and can cause a blockage. Also food like stuffing that may have a variety of things like onions, garlic and raisins in it should never be given to dogs. A great command to teach your dogs for this time of year is “Leave It”. It helps to prevent an accidental food drop from becoming a dangerous situation.
Check out our 5 Dangerous Holiday Items That Are Harmful to Dogs and our other articles on things your dogs should not have.
Cortnie with Sit Means Sit Austin had a strong one on her hands with Bodie, the pit bull mix. He has tons of energy, wants to go everywhere fast and has no desire to listen. But after an immersion board and train with Cortnie he learned how to be the best mannered little man!
Krystal with Sit Means Sit San Antonio spent 2 weeks with Karly in our board and train immersion program. Krystal taught Karly how to behave around other dogs, how to control her energy, walk well on a leash, but still stay goofy and happy at the same time!
Ever wonder how a dog spends his day during a board and train? Danielle with Sit Means Sit Austin had a yellow lab, Gracie, for our immersion board and train program and she documented what happens in the day in the life of a board and train! There is a lot of training going on, sit, place, leash walking, off leash stuff but also a lot of fun happens as well!
Growing up in a little west Texas town, out in the country, we had all types of animals, from horses and goats to gerbils and birds. I learned early on the companionship our pets can give and have remained an animal lover in to adulthood, currently owning two dogs, a cat, a gecko and some fish. But, we always had at least two dogs, and for some reason, I always seemed to have the special relationship with them.
Throughout my childhood, my mom bred and raised Golden Retrievers. I remember each time, when the puppies came, helping her care not only for our mommy dogs, but also the litters of 8-12 pups at a time! I remember staying up late nights, preparing meals, nursing puppies, cleaning up after them, helping potty train them, meeting with the vet to vaccinate them, and so forth. Even in my young age, I knew owning a dog was a major responsibility. I can only remember 9 months of my life when I did not have a dog, and I swear that was only because I wasn’t allowed to while living in student housing during college! Even still, I would “borrow” my cousin’s Shih-tzu to take to the park and on walks weekly. I couldn’t bear to not have a canine companion.
Troy Pfeifer with Sit Means Sit gave us helpful tips on how to avoid getting bitten by a dog, and how you can protect yourself when a dog attacks. When approaching a dog, you should hold out a fist rather than an open hand. If the dog does bite, this will cause much less pain and probably a less severe bite. Approach new dogs like you would a stranger. Hugs and kisses and too much movement can startle a dog right off the bat, so give them a gentle pet on their side to begin with and let it get a feel for you. If you’re nervous about being attacked, become a tree. Be as still as possible and the dog will calm down. If you’re about to be attacked, hold something like a backpack, purse, jacket, etc. between your body and the dog. The dog will focus on the object rather than you. Troy also spoke a little about how to tell differences between a happy dog and one that’s stressed out. Happy dogs will have ears up and a loose wagging tail while stressed or upset dogs may growl, have a closed mouth, ears back, or even lick their snout. If you stop by Sit Means Sit, they offer classes that can teach you more in depth the things he taught us today.Visit Sit Means Sit online or call (512) 348-RUFF  for a free consultation. with Sit Means Sit gave us helpful tips on how to avoid getting bitten by a dog, and how you can protect yourself when a dog attacks. When approaching a dog, you should hold out a fist rather than an open hand. If the dog does bite, this will cause much less pain and probably a less severe bite. Approach new dogs like you would a stranger. Hugs and kisses and too much movement can startle a dog right off the bat, so give them a gentle pet on their side to begin with and let it get a feel for you. If you’re nervous about being attacked, become a tree. Be as still as possible and the dog will calm down. If you’re about to be attacked, hold something like a backpack, purse, jacket, etc. between your body and the dog. The dog will focus on the object rather than you. Troy also spoke a little about how to tell differences between a happy dog and one that’s stressed out. Happy dogs will have ears up and a loose wagging tail while stressed or upset dogs may growl, have a closed mouth, ears back, or even lick their snout. If you stop by Sit Means Sit, they offer classes that can teach you more in depth the things he taught us today.Visit Sit Means Sit online or call (512) 348-RUFF  for a free consultation.
You enjoy the company of your well-trained dog. But where should you go? In fact, there are numerous dog-friendly places in both San Antonio and Austin that are just begging to be explored! Here are our favorites:
1. Annual Schlotzsky’s Bun Run 5K – Austin
This family-friendly event takes place toward the end of September at the corner of Alterra Parkway and Kramer Lane (off Burnett Road) in Austin. It is designed for runners as well as children. But Schlotzsky’s takes it a step further. The organizer also welcomes pets. In fact, speedy dogs have the opportunity to win the title of “Fastest Dog in Austin!” If you cannot make it to this particular run, note that there are a lot of local 5K events that welcome well-behaved dogs alongside their human companion runners.
2. Tom Slick Dog Park - San Antonio
Located at 7400 Highway 151 in San Antonio, this is not your average dog park. Instead it is a one-acre facility that features separate off-leash areas for small and large dogs. There are benches, picnic tables and even a doggie shower to help the canines cool off after playtime.
3. Hike around Comanche Lookout Park - San Antonio
Head over to 15551 Nacogdoches in San Antonio for the opportunity to take a 4.55-mile hike with your four-legged friend. There are plenty of like-minded dog lovers who bring out their pets as well. Well-behaved dogs have a wide variety of opportunities for socializing – as do their owners.
4. Sisters Grimm Ghost Walk - San Antonio
Start at 300 Alamo Plaza and walk through one of the world’s oldest cities and hear tales no soul dares to tell! Tours are available Monday through Saturday and begin at 8:30. Cameras are recommended! Adult tickets are $15 and children (7-15) are $10. Don’t forget your walking shoes! Tour operators welcome the opportunity to share this walk with leashed dogs that are behaved around adults, children and other dogs.
5. Doga! – Austin
Would you like to do yoga with your dog? Austin’s Nicole Vykoukal makes it possible. The goal is for dog lovers to become healthier and for dogs and their humans to deepen their bonds. Join a group session or book a one-on-one class with the instructor. (If your dog has not yet gone through our obedience training, it may be best to opt for the one-on-one for right now.)
There are many more dog-friendly places in Austin as well as great places to take your dog in San Antonio. Please remember, all of these activities will only be pleasurable for both you and your canine companion if it is trained to follow at least basic commands and also behaves well around other people and dogs. If you are unsure whether your dog has the right training or temperament for these activities, talk to our friendly dog training experts.
We gladly evaluate your dog and ensure that you have a happy and confident animal that will do well at whatever event you intend to visit. Conversely, if your dog needs a bit more training or just some reinforcement, we can help you get the animal ready for the fun adventures that you are looking forward to having together.
We also invite you to check out our Calendar of Events. If you’re interested in any of these venues to have a great time with your pups, click on the images for links to each location!
The lure of supplementing your dog’s chow with fruits and vegetables from your table is strong. After all, these foods are considered healthy for human consumption, so why not also for your dog? In the alternative, you are serious about feeding your dog a nutritious chow that is formulated for its dietary needs. Yet you have noticed that he has been getting into your pantry. Should you move some of the groceries?
List of Foods That Are Bad for Your Dog
In fact, there is a list of inappropriate and dangerous foods that Doctors Foster and Smith have put together. Examples include:
- Caffeine. Whether it is in your chocolate stash, your coffee grounds or the tea leaves, caffeine has proven to have a toxic effect on the canine’s nervous system as well as on the heart.
- Cat food. If you are feeding your pets together, it is not unusual for the dog to also gobble up the cat’s food. The problem here is that food for feline consumption is usually formulated with elevated levels of protein and fat. This will lead to obesity in dogs. Separate the food bowls and do not give cat food to your dog in a pinch when you run out of regular chow.
- Raisins. It may be funny to watch your dog catch a raisin out of the air, but consider that grapes and raisins contain a toxin that adversely affects the pet’s kidneys.
- Onions. Famous for containing sulfoxides, onions have been connected to anemia in dogs as well as cats. Extremely light-colored gums are a sign of possible anemia.
- Rawhide. Dog’s Best Life Magazine warns that rawhide is a common culprit in cases of digestive tract obstructions. In many of these cases, speedy veterinary care is of the utmost importance to avoid death.
It is imperative to bar access to any of these foods.
What’s the Best Dog Food?
So, what should you feed your dog? The ideal chow is natural and does not contain any of the fillers that are so common in grocery store dog food. The protein should be of the highest quality, which means that your dog absorbs more of the nutrients. As a result, you will be able to feed less than you have been accustomed to when using store-bought chow. Therefore, you actually save money when switching to high-quality food.
We recommend Life’s Abundance. The standard all-life-stage dry dog food contains 26 percent of crude protein and 16 percent of fat. Fiber is present to the tune of 3.5 percent. If the pet requires a weight loss formula, choose the specially formulated diet mix. With 28.5 percent of protein but only 11.5 percent of fat, the dog receives the necessary nutrients but without a lot of the fat. This will assist your companion canine with weight loss. Of course, a second part of this equation is regular exercise for the pet, play time and also off-leash run time at a dog park.
The latter is only possible when your dog is properly trained. If you are worried about your pet’s behavior toward other dogs or their owners, contact Sit Means Sit for our popular Lunch and Learn program. We work with businesses that would like to see a demonstration of what proper training could achieve in the average dog. We even bring pizza for lunch or bagels for breakfast! So, do not feed your dog inappropriate foods. Eliminate opportunities for the pet to sneak into your trash or pantry. Exercise it more, and ensure that its behavior is up to par for a visit to the dog park.
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Cortnie with Sit Means Sit Austin had a fun week teaching Suki, the yellow lab that Suki needed to slow down instead of pulling everywhere to get places. She is a much calmer, happier dog with training!