Krystal with Sit Means Sit San Antonio definitely had a maniac on her hands with Otto, the crazy German Shorthair Pointer. He was eager to learn and learned quickly. In a short period of time he learned how to walk next to other dogs without being crazy and to also be off leash with excellent recall.
Jacob with Sit Means Sit Austin had a blast training this young bull terrier. Melo was quite stubborn at first, but he caught on quickly. He learned that instead of pulling on the leash to get somewhere, he still gets to go where he wants but on a loose leash!
You probably take many important steps already to preserve your pup’s wellness, from vaccination and dental checkups to proper diet and exercise (not to mention training and other forms of mental stimulation). But have you microchipped him yet? This tiny device can make an enormous difference in your pet’s ultimate well being if he is ever separated from you, so here at Sit Means Sit we think of it as a pretty important wellness measure that every owner should adopt.
What kind of surgical procedure are we talking about?
None at all, actually. The microchip in question is so tiny that your veterinarian can just inject it underneath the skin, in the area between the shoulder blades. It’s not a complicated device — it doesn’t have any GPS tracking capability, or even a power source. It does, however, have a unique ID number in it, and it responds to scanning devices by transmitting
this number to whoever’s doing the scanning. So if your lost pet winds up at an animal shelter, the shelter personnel can scan for the microchip ID. The ID number is registered with a national database so the shelter can look up your contact information and tell you to come pick up your pet.
Please don’t forget to register your ID. Often people will rescue a dog or have it microchipped and then not go to the website to add their contact information. This is obviously a very important step!
Ordinary Pet ID Tags
Sure, you can attach an ordinary ID tag to your dog’s collar, and we recommend doing that too, in case whoever finds your pet isn’t armed with an RFID scanner. But tags alone aren’t sufficient. They can easily be torn off, leaving your dog with form of identification. Your pet could also be stolen and a vet can scan your dog and see that someone else owns it. Having a microchip implanted is great extra insurance, if nothing else, that you might someday be reunited with your missing pet. Microchipping is quick, simple, and relatively cheap, so do the right thing for pet’s well being and schedule it with your veterinarian today! In fact, at the time of publication, you can do FREE microchipping at the Austin Animal Center and many rescues will also include microchipping.
All our trainers with Sit Means Sit San Antonio & Austin love training and working with our clients dogs. But it’s not just training and all work. We love to have fun with the dogs and teach them that training is fun as well!
Jacob with Sit Means Sit Austin [http://austin.sitmeanssit.com] wasn’t quite sure what to do with Oliver at the beginning of the two week immersion training. But Jacob quickly showed Oliver structure and it was smooth sailing after that!
With Austin being so pet friendly and with dogs practically everywhere, you want to make sure your own dog can behave with other animals around town.
It looks like the “dog days of summer” refers to more than just hot weather. That’s because August has been named National Immunization Awareness month. August is a perfect time (and there’s never a bad one) to make sure your canine friend gets his necessary vaccinations against potentially deadly germs.
While the decision to immunize and what to immunize against is a person decision you can make along with your veterinarian, we thought this was a great time to share some information.
What is this stuff that’s being pumped into your dog’s veins, anyway?
A vaccine is simply an inert substance with chemical markers that make it resemble an active virus that threatens the body. The body reacts by assaulting this “enemy” with antibodies specially generated to kill it. That’s important, because without this little act of subterfuge, your dog wouldn’t have any immunity at all against some really dangerous illnesses. Newborn puppies get some immunity from their mothers — but it doesn’t last more than a few weeks, after which they become vulnerable.
At the very least, make certain that your dog gets his core vaccinations. The term “core” refers to a handful of vaccines that can prove especially critical for preserving your friend’s health. Puppies generally receive several rounds of core vaccinations against rabies, hepatitis, distemper and parvovirus. Your adult dog will then need booster shots every few years to keep that immunity going. Talk to your vet about the recommended schedule for your pet’s ongoing vaccination updates.
There is also a antibody titer test that can tell you if your dog already has enough antibodies (but it can be expensive).
Your dog might benefit from other, non-core immunizations as well. For instance, do you plan on boarding him anytime soon? If so, you should probably arrange to get him immunized against Bordatella. Most boarding facilities will not take a dog unless he is current on Bordatella. This respiratory disease, popularly known as “kennel cough,” spreads easily when multiple animals are cooped up together. If you plan on going hiking or camping with your dog, see about getting him immunized against Lyme disease as well. Turn every year’s “dog days” into healthy days! There is even a rattlesnake vaccination. It will not prevent the venom from affecting your dog, but it might give them more time to be treated and/or lesson the affects.
Again, it is a personal decision. Want more information? As with all pet medical decisions, discuss your options with your veterinarian.
Krystal with Sit Means Sit San Antonio [http://sanantonio.sitmeanssit.com] normally gets big, aggressive dogs for board and trains. But she had a challenge on her hands with this little guy who wants to pee on everything and bark and everything! She spent 2 weeks with him to learn great manners and to bark at everything he sees.
Danielle with Sit Means Sit Austin spent one week with Shasta, the young golden retriever, teaching her to walk on a leash, not jump on people, have great recall and staying in her sit.
Dog’s Name: “May”
City: San Antonio
Breed: Catahoula Mix
Likes:Belly rubs, pulling all toys out of basket one by one, running
Pet-Peeves:Going outside alone. Cats that wont play.
Favorite Toy:Stuffed Brown bear. Stuffed Chicken. May carries these toys around in her mouth most of the time throwing them up in the air at times chasing them.
Favorite Treat: Peanut Butter Kong treats. Dingo rawhides.
Favorite Walk: Anywhere
Best Trick: Still working on them
Arrival Story: On my birthday (in May) I offered to go to a dog adoption event with a close friend who volunteered with the rescue foundation doing the event. With no intention of having a dog (I have always been a cat person) this dog was at the adoption event and I was instantly attracted to her. I will say it was truly love at first sight. Unsure of how I would be as a dog owner I took May in as a foster while deep down knowing that I would never be able to give here back. The first 24 hours was the hardest. I was so worried how the melding of a cat family with a dog would be. After getting through the first night I knew this dog was going to be forever ours. She truly is an amazing addition to our family and I can’t remember life without her.
Why Training With Sit Means Sit: May is a truly sweet and loving dog, but very submissive and lacks confidence. She follows basic commands but I feel she can do so much more. Also being a new dog owner I feel I need some education on dog ownership and training is a way for me to further develop my relationship with May.
Motto: “I can do what the cats do mom.” Despite being 38lbs May snuggles just like the cats she lives with. She totally is a snuggle buddy and wants to be where the cats are.