Friday, June 28, 2013

Dog Days of Summer

Whew....it's hot! If you're hot, chances are your dog is hot as well. Be mindful of what he is exposed to during the day. If he's an outside dog, make sure he has shade as well as fresh water---and a lot of it! By nature, dogs' internal temperatures are hotter than ours (100-102 Fahrenheit), so this is another reason to do your best to keep him cool. Dogs can easily get heat stroke, just like people.

With an increase in water consumption, you'll notice an access of um, well---water output as well. Normally with hard to train dogs, I'll recommend removing their water around 7:00 P.M. to ensure a dry, comfortable night. However, I would definitely not recommend this if your dog has had a particularly active or strenuous afternoon. Give him an adequate amount of water after playing/exercising, etc. You do not want to let it get to the point where your dog is dehydrated. With that said, you might want to take into account the excess water consumption and take him outside to relieve himself a few more times than usual before bed.

If you're noticing accidents around your home--and if this is definitely new behavior for your dog, try to consider how much water he's taken in. Perhaps that is the culprit.

Occasionally, newly trained dogs will regress in their house training progress. If this is happening, you can always try The Housebreaker! It's RISK FREE! Satisfaction GUARANTEED! Check us out at www.TheHousebreaker.com

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Physiological or Behavioral??

Physiological or behavioral? That is the question...and it's a tough question to answer. Pet owners often confuse the two issues which can cause undue stress on the dog as well as his owners. Unlike our children, dogs can't tell you when they aren't feeling well. Their symptoms will show themselves by way of behavioral changes and this is precisely when the owner receives mixed signals. If you've had your dog for any length of time, and/or if you are somewhat tuned in to your dog's normal behavior, you should know if he's acting "off."

If you notice your dog acting listless during the day, you might assume it's laziness. If this is uncharacteristic for your pet, you might need to wonder if he's dehydrated or maybe it's heat stroke.

If your friendly and gentle natured dog is exhibiting signs of aggression toward anyone who comes near him, you have to wonder if he's in pain, perhaps a bad tooth? You have to learn to read signs that aren't vocalized. Most importantly you'll need to be an advocate of your dog because if you aren't, who is? You took on his wellness when you invited him to join your family.

Finally, in all my experiences with dogs, this one has been the hardest to identify. A regression in house breaking. Your dog has been house broken for months or years and suddenly he's having accidents in the house. Or maybe he hasn't lost complete control, but you've noticed his need to go outside has increased. It's up to you to determine whether there is a bladder/urinary tract infection or if it's behavioral. And more difficult to identify yet, is when it started as a physiological problem then it became behavioral. 

With our lab puppy, he had UTI's for the first 2 months that we had him. It went undiagnosed because he wasn't housebroken yet and there was a very fuzzy line between a puppy who was in training and "Is it just me or is he peeing at an unusually frequent rate?" Through our battle with this, we learned that frequent "sensations" to pee, but little output is a good indicator that there's an infection brewing.  If you are noticing this, you can simply collect a tiny urine sample (just sneak a clean bowl under him/her mid stream, then suck it up in a syringe or pour it into a zippered baggie) then take it into your vet for a quick urine analysis. They can tell you in a matter of minutes if there's a presence of blood or white blood cells. Antibiotics are prescribed and the infection should clear up with a few days.

Now for the tricky part. Once your dog is cleared from having an infection (or perhaps they never had one), now you're left dealing with the behavioral aftermath. There's a chance that your dog might need a refresher in house breaking. If you have a strong-willed dog like we were cursed with blessed with, you might have to take your puppy training up a notch. I recommend The Housebreaker! I cannot say enough good things about The Housebreaker. It'll stop the undesirable behavior of frequent accidents and it's not shameful or traumatic for your dog. Check us out at www.TheHousebreaker.com to find out how to order your very own Housebreaker. It's 100% satisfaction guaranteed. No risks, just results!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Struggles with Housebreaking

It's the oldest story in the book. Family adopts adorable puppy. Puppy requires attention and training. Family loses interest in puppy. Puppy's habits get inconvenient. Family blames puppy or worse, gives up their new family member. You have to know that going into puppy-hood, you're going to have to put in the work. Just like you would a child or a garden. But, the good news is that a little bit of work in the beginning can offer a lifetime of reward.

Don't have unrealistic expectations of your puppy. In addition to being taken away from their litter mates and the only mother they know, they're also learning where they fit into their new families. You wouldn't scold a baby for crying or soiling their diaper, just and you shouldn't scold a puppy for having an accident.

During a puppy obedience class earlier this year I specifically remember one very important aspect of house training your dog. If your dog has free reign in your home and if you turn your back and become distracted, later you'll likely find a puddle or a pile somewhere in your house. When this occurs, the instructor suggested that we get a newspaper or a magazine. Roll it up really tight. And hit yourself in the head with it, because it's actually your fault that the pup had an accident. You can't ignore the puppy and not expect that he isn't going to make mistakes. I listened closely to this particular training tip because like a lot of dog owners, we REALLY struggled to house train our dog. After following all of the necessary components to house training, our dog was still having accidents. It was suggested that we bring out the big guns. We had to leash our dog inside our home and hang onto the end of the leash at all times. This was to ensure we'd catch him in the act before he had an accident.  I hated doing it. It seemed excessive and quite frankly, it was cumbersome. By the end of that L-O-N-G week, we were finally able to break my dog of his habits.

This could have all been avoided if I'd known about The Housebreaker. It would have produced the same results without the hassle of keeping my dog at my side for a week. At least if my pup regresses, I'll have a much better alternative. The Housebreaker is much more convenient and in my opinion produces quicker results, without punishing or shaming your animal. This naughty dog of mine wasn't my first and won't be my last, so I welcome any future dogs of mine to have housebreaking issues. With the help of The Housebreaker, I could house break even the most stubborn doggies. Bring it on!