Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Potty Training a Puppy 101

This post, although sponsored, brings me to a time when I had to teach each and every pack member the ways of the potty-trained warrior. 

As pup-parents, although not as difficult as child parenting, we have our ups and down when it comes to housebreaking, sticking to a routine, and ensuring that our dogs grow into good citizens. 

I do hope new pawrents get to read this post or our ancient post on the 5 "S" of Potty Training.

The Poop Position by Chuck D, CC-BY-2.0 
House training a young pup can be relatively easy, or a complete and utter nightmare, depending on the individual dog. Some puppies seem to “get it” fairly quickly while others can leave you tearing your hair out! How well you, as owner, are trained in potty training techniques is another factor determining how quickly your dog learns. Make life easier for you and your pooch by reading up on these potty training essentials.

Set a regular feeding routine

Feed your pup the same amount of food at the same times of the day and have him eat it in the same place. Whatever you do, don't leave food out for a puppy to eat when he feels like it. A puppy processes food really quickly and will usually need to defecate anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes after eating. So sticking to a routine is obviously going to help you lots when it comes to anticipating when he needs to go.


Puppies eat (like all other living things)... Use this to your advantage to anticipate their "potty" move.

Set up a safe toilet area

If you live somewhere with easy access to outside, then this area should definitely be outdoors. If not, then it may be a bathroom or laundry. During at least the first month of potty training be prepared to pick up your puppy and carry them to the designated toilet area to go potty following every meal. You should also do this immediately upon your pup waking up from a nap, immediately following a big drink of water, after they've been playing hard, if they whine during the night or in their pen during the day, as well as if they stand by the door to outside. Remember, a pup usually “goes” about every 45 minutes, so make sure you're around to anticipate this and prevent mistakes. 

Reward the pup for success

When he goes in the right place, a reward should be in store. This doesn't have to be anything over the top, just a positive reaction and perhaps a small treat will do.

Don't punish a pup

Don't ever punish a pup for a “mistake”. Remember, puppies are never fully potty trained until they are at least six months old. Mistakes will happen. Just clean up, without displaying any negative reaction. 

Interrupting a wee

If your pup begins a wee and you spot him doing so, you can sometimes interrupt it by moving towards him quickly, and startling him – but definitely not scaring him! Sweep him up into your arms and rush outside to the designated spot, and he will hopefully finish the wee there. NB. Don't try this with a poop, as puppies cannot stop themselves mid-poop - you will simply end up with a much worse mess to clean up!

At bedtime

Just prior to your going to bed, ALWAYS go get your pup and take him to the potty area. Doesn't matter if he's asleep or not, make sure to take him to the designated spot every single night. Same goes for first thing in the morning.

Tips from the team at Spoiltrottendogs.com.au, specialist dog carers.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What Cat Parents Can Learn From Dog Parents

Im the textbook cat lady everyone talks about. I interact with cats more than I do with people! So why am I here on a blog dedicated to dogs?

To humbly submit that cat owners can learn a LOT of things from dog owners.

In the world of four-legged companions, it seems that youre either a dog person or a cat person. Sure, there are those who love both, but there does seem to be a divide between the two pet worlds. In fact, many studies have shown that dog and cat owners tend to have different personality types. Dog people tend to be more outgoing, and cat people fit the cat lady bill by being introverted.

Of course, everyone is different (and I have had both dogs and cats throughout my life, so what kind of person does that make me?), but the general statistics make sense.

The consensus seems to be that Fido is outgoing and needs lots of attention and love from his owners, while Fluffy does her own thing while giving her owners a judgmental stare. An outgoing person would love to own a pet they can bring outdoors and interact with other pet owners, while an introvert wants a low-maintenance pet they can interact with whenever they feel like it.

No, I don't want to play with that dangly thing, your camera is much more interesting

However, if you think cats dont need any social attention, youre wrong! Cats still need plenty of attention, and can get separation anxiety just like their canine opposites. Think of it this way: antisocial people dont like attention as much, but they still do need some social interaction occasionally. Cats are the same way!

With that in mind, many things dog owners do should be done by cat owners as well, such as:

Playtime!

Cats are never going to catch a Frisbee if you throw it, but they still need playtime.  Just like you, a cat needs some entertainment to relieve stress and cure boredom. Cat toys are the perfect solution for many cat owners. Catnip, scratching poles, a fake mouse, and other toys tend to keep kitty busy for hours.


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But sometimes, a cat needs you to play with it. Cats are born predators, and they usually want something to chase and catch, which most toys cant provide. Thats where a human comes in! You can attach a toy to a string and wave it in front of your kitty until they catch it. A simple playtime activity like this will keep your cat physically and mentally stimulated.

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Dog owners are going, “duh, of course you play with them. What kind of monster are you?” I know! And that’s why I’m here because you guys can back me up in the hopes that my fellow cat parents get something out of this and start loving their kitties better!

Dogs often demand playtime and make sure they get their way, but the personality of many cats leave it up to the cat parent to remember. While forgetting is no excuse, it happens! And if we’re more conscious of their need to play by reading articles like this, then we’ll be more likely to remember.

Exercise!

Just like a dog, a cat needs daily exercise. For some, the idea of a fat, lazy cat is funny, but its no joke when the cat is faced with serious health issues. Cat obesity can cause diabetes, deteriorate cartilage, and shorten its lifespan quite a bit. Sometimes, playtime isnt enough.

Thats where cat owners should look at dog owners. Most dog owners take their pup out for a walk daily in order to give it a good workout. Walking your cat isnt as strange as it sounds, and many cat owners are giving it a shot.

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If you do want to go for a “W-A-L-K”, as we used to spell so our dog wouldn’t go mental when she heard the word “walk”, make sure your cat is trained for the outdoors, buy her a collar or a harness designed for a feline, and start small. Take Mittens out for a walk around your yard. If she likes it, work your way up. Go to a park, or take kitty around the city. If she seems anxious and doesnt like the walk, dont force it on her. But you may find that your cat loves being walked, just like a dog.
But not all cats want to go for a walk, and that’s OK - the principle holds true.

Finding indoor games to play to give your cat the run around she needs is super important, and if only we could take the obvious cue from our dog-owning neighbours, we’d all be happier and healthier.

Petting!

Every dog owner cant keep their hands off their pup, and the dog seems to love it regardless of whats going on.

Cat owners, on the other hand, usually let the cat come up to them, or make it rub its head against their legs. There was one study misinterpreted by the media that said cats hated being pet, and that has caused some cat owners to be hesitant when petting Fluffy.

Dont be. Many cats see petting as a sign of affection, and if theyre purring as youre stroking their fur, then youre doing something right!

With that said, petting your cat is an art. There are some spots your cat loves being pat on, such as the head, and others it hates, such as the tail. Cats are different, so your kitty may have its own preferred spot, but this is the general rule. Pet it and see what it likes.

You can look...Also, if your cat doesnt want to be pet, dont force it. Some cats just dont like that much interaction, or they get in moods, just like you, where they dont want any attention. Study your cats behavior and see when its a good time to pet and when its not.


I can only imagine the happiness and general wellbeing improvement for cats across the nation if their cat parents would just smarten up and take a page out of the dog owner book. And why shouldn’t we be petting our cats? Studies even show that interaction and petting can relieve stress and be good for lower our blood pressure!

As I said before, cats need a lot less attention than dogs do, but like any creature, a kitty will get lonely if its owner ignores it. If youre owning a pet and not giving it any love, why own one at all? I make sure to give my kitties equal attention!



So while some cat owners may not be too fond of dogs, you better believe they can learn learn a few lessons from the pet owners on the opposite side. If youre not giving your cat enough love, make like a dog owner and get playing, exercising, and petting!
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Haopee and the Pack Pupdates

Dear Friends, 

Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! We miss you soooo much and hope to visit every single one this week.

Suffice it to say, our offline life has been eating up so much of our day. Terms like non-taxable incentives, government deductions, and gross taxable income used to be foreign to me. Now, I have to entertain the idea of it like it's my long-time best friend. 

Accounting is really hard...
On the bright side, the dogs are always by my side when I exercise every other morning. And when I say "by my side", we're literally face-to-face as I proceed with my routine--them being my fitness coaches.

Please give time to get back to all of you. I know it's been such a hectic 2015. 2016 is no different. I still hope that I could catch up with everyone even with my long absence.

Regards,

Haopee and the Pack 
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Social Benefits of Taking Your Dog to Visit a Dog Hotel

Ever considered pampering your dog in a dog hotel while you're out doing some socializing of your own? This post is brought to you by Doggies Gone Wild.

Let's say that you need to go out of town for a family reunion, business meeting or wedding. You might feel somewhat concerned about what actions to take with your dog. What will happen to them during this time? Leaving them at a dog hotel has traditionally been the most popular choice because you have a social environment where your little Fido will have a doggy cot and a place where he can even watch TV. Some of the other Miami dog hotel amenities might include a pool for staying cool during the heated months in Miami. 

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Your dog might also enjoy a massage. The great thing about taking your dog to a doggie day care Miami company is that they will enjoy the social aspect with the other canines. This type of environment has a boarding house element to it. With that arrangement for cats, this has sometimes proven more problematic, but dogs especially love to meet new friends, and it ensures that while you are gone, your beloved pet will not feel lonely according to Doggies-Gonewild.com.

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One of the greatest advantages of putting your dog in a social environment at a dog hotel is how it tends to reduce the stress. Especially if you have an older dog that is always used to being around people, they may not have the heart to be left alone, and this is a great solution because your pet will be among other dogs and people. Many people choose a veterinarian hospital as a dog kennel Miami company, but the biggest problem with this is that it is a sterile and lonely environment. It does not give the same warm welcome that a doggy hotel offers.
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Friday, December 25, 2015

We May Be Far, But Our Hearts are with All of You

We know we haven't been around--through your joys and pains; through your new discoveries and new friends.

We pray that all of you had a wonderful Christmas.

Thank you for an amazing 2015.

2016 will be different, we swear. Haopee is just too PREOCCUPIED.


God bless everyone.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Cornerstone to Your Dog’s Health

I just love a good, informative article about dogs. So, today, although we've been really busy in the household, I'd love to share this with everyone.

Spending on pets continues to exceed almost all other retail sales in the U.S., with an increase of 4.2 percent last year.  Total up owner’s expenses for pet food, veterinary care, services and supplies like over-the-counter medications, beds, bowls, collars and toys, and they top $58 billion – an all-time high, according to the latest industry report.

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Owners spent the most money on food – 22 billion, thanks to extending their interest in the quality and source of food to their pets, says the American Pet Products Association, which issues the annual economic review. Veterinary visits were second in expenditures at $15.7 billion.  Noteworthy is the fact that as owners spend more on food; vet visits continue to rise for their dog’s diet related health issues. Experts in canine nutrition surmise that while today’s pet food provides the necessary nutrients for physical well being, dogs struggle to digest essential elements from the food.

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The manufacturing of dog food removes native enzymes and various microbes that assist digestion.  This is problematic because dogs lack any digestive enzymes in their saliva leaving them to rely on probiotic components in their food for a healthy digestive process.   To remedy dog food’s limitations health conscious owners are adding probiotic supplements to their dog’s food.  Dog supplements formulated to strengthen the canine digestive process combined with a nutrient dense dog food creates the conditions for superior health.  The veterinarian profession is slow to direct dog owners to adopt supplements, however feeding regimens that include added probiotics are reducing diet related veterinarian visits. 


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Selecting a healthy dog food requires a basic idea on the percentages of protein, fat, and fiber required in a dog’s diet and a source for comparing various brands (Visit DogFoodAdvisors.com or see the Dog Infographic on Dog Food below).

Selecting a healthy dog supplement requires choosing a formulation containing specific types of enzymes.  Dogs have very short and acidic GI tracts, the acids neutralize enzymes found in simple pet store supplements, for this reason certain types of enzymes are required in canine formulations (Visit VitaHound.com).

Chronic conditions related to diet develop very slowly over years, selecting the right dog food and dog supplement early in dog ownership prevents the conditions in a dog’s body that produce disease.   A nutritious diet and a vital digestive system is the cornerstone of any dog’s health and typically permits them to age gracefully in their senior years with limited veterinarian care.

Author: Brent Harte

We are dog lovers, in the business of developing superior canine health care products.  Google Author Brent Harte

Want to learn more about the Dog Food Industry? Check this infographic out.

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