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How to Find a Trustworthy Breeder – 9. May, 2016

puppy-breederIt’s time to pick a new family member! This exciting moment in a dog owner’s life is an amazing feeling. The task of finding the perfect breed for you has guided you to this very moment. At this point in your journey you are ready to find a breeder that produces healthy, happy dogs. While there are a lot of unethical breeders, puppy mills and other people that are mostly only interested in earning money from selling puppies, there are plenty of honest, trustworthy and reliable breeders that are ready to make you a pet parent. Weeding out the unethical from the trustworthy is easier than you expect. The following details will lead you to a trustworthy dog breeder.

Seek Out Referrals

Speak to your family, friends and co-workers about your interested in welcoming a dog into your life. See if anyone is able to recommend a reliable breeder that has the type of dog breed that is of interest to you. Also contact breed clubs and veterinarians to see if they can recommend a trustworthy dog breeder. Keep in mind that a responsible breeder does not sell their puppies in a pet store.

Breeder Specializes in Specific Dog Breed

Reputable breeders specialize in one or two dog breeds at the most. Breeders that truly care about the dogs will educate themselves on the breed and provide helpful details and information to the potential pet owner on how to raise a healthy happy dog. Each breed requires specific needs that are essential to their well-being.

Visit the Breeder

Always visit the breeder and observe the surroundings and conditions where the puppies are kept. The area should be clean and spacious for them to sleep, eat and play. Seek out the parents of the litter and make sure they are well-kept, groomed and healthy looking. If you observe any dogs being kept in cages, this is a red flag and signifies that the breeder is not caring properly for the dogs.

Pass the Interview

Responsible breeders will interview you and ask you questions regarding your home, lifestyle and ability to provide a safe and healthy environment and life for the dog. Trustworthy breeders care where the puppies end up and spend their lifetime. It is wise to be honest with your answers. The breeder is looking for loving, caring and responsible dog owners.

Request References and Veterinarian Papers

Reputable breeders will be able to quickly provide a list of good references. They will also be capable of providing papers from the veterinarian proving a list of vaccinations or other health related information. Contact the references and call the veterinarian to assure that it is authentic paperwork.

Finally, ask as many questions regarding the puppies as you can. Make sure the breeder is providing detailed answers and seems compassionate towards the puppies. Once you have found a breeder that provides a healthy environment for the puppies, good references and authentic paperwork it is time for you to choose a puppy to bring home. Choose an energetic puppy that you feel you will be able to develop a close bond. The next step is to bring your new canine family member home.

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5 Most Common Health Issues in Dogs – 24. September, 2015

5 Most Common Health Issues in DogsYour dog is an important part of your family that has health issues on occasion. There are a variety of common health issues such as ear infections, obesity, heartworms, kennel cough and dental disease that arise in dogs on a frequent basis. As a dog owner you will want to learn more about these issues and know what to look for so that you can either prevent or treat the issue immediately.

  • Ear Infections – If you notice your dog shaking his or her head from side to side on a frequent basis, scratching, whining, odor coming from the ears or redness and brown discharge in the inner ear area, an ear infection is most likely the source of these symptoms. You will want to contact the veterinarian to make an appointment. Allow the veterinarian to clean and treat your dog’s ears. Most-likely the veterinarian will give you follow-up instructions on how to care for your dog.
  • Obesity – Your dog being overweight is a serious issue. It can cause a variety of health issues and even shorten his or her lifespan. If your dog is overweight for his breed you will want to provide a healthy diet and limit the amount of treats that are provided on a daily basis. If your dog is already eating healthy and he or she is still gaining weight. Speak to your veterinarian regarding their diet and inquire about any health issues that may be causing the weight gain.
  • Heartworms – Heartworms are a serious disease that can lead to death. Parasites infect your dog’s arteries and heart causing large worms to develop and negatively affect your dog’s health. You can easily prevent heart worms in your dog by providing preventative medications provided by a licensed veterinarian.
  • Kennel Cough – Kennel cough is known as a form of bronchitis and cause your dog’s windpipe and voice to become inflamed. If you notice your dog coughing frequently and it does not lessen throughout the day, he or she may have Kennel cough. Usually treatment of antibiotics is required to recover from this health issue.
  • Dental Disease – Gum disease can happen to dogs just like humans. Neglected gums and teeth can become inflamed and infected with bacteria causing your dog’s gums to be red. Rotting and loose teeth are also common dental ailments that affect dogs.

Keeping a close eye on your dog’s health is recommended and essential to the overall well being of your dog. Any unusual behavior or physical signs should be reported to the veterinarian immediately. At times symptoms can mask a more serious issue or some signs can prove to be an important alert of internal health issues. If your dog has health issues that go untreated and overlooked, the severity of the problem can develop into serious condition that is difficult to treat. As a dog owner you will want to provide proper health care throughout your dog’s lifetime by becoming familiar with your dog’s habits and physical looks. This makes it easier to notice that something is different at first glance.

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Preventing Lyme Disease in Dogs – 25. August, 2015

Preventing Lyme Disease in DogsLyme disease is a tick-borne disease that is infectious and caused by the bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi. The deer tick is the most common type of tick that carries Lyme disease. This small tick attaches itself to your dog and soon becomes engorged. It is a small sized tick that resembles a grain of pepper and is easily overlooked, especially when covered by your dog’s fur.

Symptoms Your Dog has Lyme Disease

There are a variety of symptoms your dog may exhibit which include lethargy, swollen lymph nodes, swelling of the joints, loss of appetite and a fever. Your dog may also have lameness in his legs which causes him or her to shift from leg to leg in order to stand. At the first sign of these symptoms you should contact the veterinarian to make an appointment immediately.

Preventative Measures

Ticks are tiny creatures that can reap havoc on your dog’s health if they carry Lyme disease. As a dog owner you will want to take measures to prevent these infectious ticks from coming in contact with your dog. While know measure is guaranteed, it is still worth providing. The following are measures you can take to help prevent your dog from contracting Lyme disease from deer ticks.

  • Frequent Grooming – Brush and comb through your dog’s coat frequently. Use a fine tooth comb to brush in the opposite direction of the growth of the hair. This exposes your dog’s skin and you can search for tiny black or brown specs located close to his or her skin. If you do find a tick during this process you will want to remove it carefully and keep it in a plastic zip lock bag to bring to the veterinarian for further investigation and testing.
  • Limit Exposure – Deer ticks are usually found in wooded areas that have tall grass. If you live near or visit this type of area frequently you will want to avoid it in the future.
  • Tick and Flea Preventatives – The veterinarian will happily provide you with a list of flea and tick preventatives that are safe for your dog. These preventatives have the capability of killing a tick before the 48-hour mark that is required to infect your dog.
  • Vaccinations – Science and research have recently developed vaccinations for Lyme disease in dogs. You will want to inquire with the veterinarian about this option and if it is available and safe for your dog.

Lyme disease is usually treated and controlled by antibiotics. This treatment is lengthy in order to completely heal your dog. On occasion a few different types of antibiotics are used to effectively fight the disease. Unfortunately your dog can become infected again and have reoccurring sessions with Lyme disease if repeatedly bitten by infected deer ticks. Prevention is important for every dog owner to consider. The preventative measures mentioned above will help lessen the risk of your dog getting Lyme disease as well as protect your dog when they are bitten by an infected deer tick.

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Top 5 Dogs for People with Allergies – 21. April, 2015

If you or a family member is allergic to dogs there are breeds that you can own so you do not have to be deprived of the tender love and affection that a dog brings into you and your family’s lives. There are several dogs to choose from that produce less dander and shed a very small amount because there is no dog breed that has been found to truly be non-allergenic.

  1. Bichon Frise and Labradoodle: These dogs are highly recommended for people with dog allergies. Producing little dander the curly coat of the Bichon Frise makes them a good choice. These dogs have coats that are maintained easily. Labradoodles are ones with wool coats that as in other breeds may not pick up many outdoor allergens.
  2. Maltese: These dogs are small, intelligent, energetic and refined dogs. These dogs have coats that are flowing and long and routine grooming is a necessity, but shedding is a small amount. Haircuts are in need every few weeks and they should be brushed every one to two days.
  3. Chinese Crested Hairless: Chinese mariners sailed with this breed and they evolved from African hairless dog on the ship. Chinese dogs were stowed aboard ships to hunt vermin during the time of Chinese plagues. These dogs crave human companionship and are a fine-boned elegant toy dog. These dogs are caring companions, alert and playful. You’ll find this breed to be a great dog for the whole family and gentle with children. They have long, silky and soft hair that grows on their tail, feet and head. Their skin is smooth, soft and hairless on the rest of their body. Their hair sheds very little that they do have and it grows long so grooming is needed regularly.
  4. Portuguese Water Dog: These dogs are water loving, lively and loyal. They often make people laugh because they are amusing, animated, fun to be around and spirited. Your family will enjoy how affectionate they are. They will remain calm as long as they have exercise. They get along with other dogs and pets easily, and are even and pleasant tempered and are great with children, and highly intelligent and easy to train, keenly aware, brave and quick to understand and learn instructions. If you are not able to be in the same room because of the severity of your allergy, these dogs are able to live outside. They have webbed feet which aids the dog in swimming, and a waterproof coat. They are happy outdoors as well as indoors as long as they have room to play, fresh water, food and a good shelter.
  5. Standard Poodle: These dogs excel in obedience training and are very smart and active. This breed is a water retriever and originated in Germany. Hunters designed the “Poodle Clip” so it would help them swim efficiently through the water. Their vital organs and joints need protection because they are susceptible to cold is why the patches of hair are left on the body. These dogs have a long hair- growth cycle that limits shedding making their coat hypoallergenic. Keeping their hair from detaching and floating in the air, their coat is lacking an undercoat and is tightly curled. They need grooming on a regular basis because of their fast growing hair.

It may take some careful research to find the best breed of dog for your allergy, but it will be worth every moment of your time. Minimizing exposure to dander and other allergens gives you the opportunity to enjoy the special relationship you will gain with your dog. Making a dog your family member will give you unconditional love and so much happiness.

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Top 5 Dog Breeds for First Time Owners – 19. March, 2015

The decision of becoming a dog owner for the first time should be something that you and your family will be excited and look forward to with great expectations. Dogs are a wonderful addition to the family because they are great companions and their love is unconditional. There are wonderful breeds to choose from that will easily fit into you and your family’s life.

  1. Golden Retriever – This breed originated in the 1800s in the Scottish Highlands and was a hunting dog and is energetic and an active Sporting breed that requires exercise daily. They can adapt to many different living situations. They shed seasonally and need brushing on a regular basis on their water repellant double coat. These beautiful dogs are known for their warm and loving nature and how patient they are with children, which makes them the classic American family dog. They are easy to train because they want to please their owners.
  2. Brittany (Spaniel) – Named for the French Province of Brittany. They are enthusiastic hunters, vigorous and very active. They need exercise and stimulation frequently because of their high energy. They are gentle and loving, eager to please, happy, alert and friendly. Grooming them is minimal. If they get into trouble they only require a sharp word or a stern look to be disciplined. If you are an outdoor lover this breed is a great match for you.
  3. Poodle – Throughout Europe the Poodle is famous but since the 1500s the French have loved this breed and made it their national dog. Poodles get along good with children and are very friendly dogs so for families this breed is ideal. They are odorless and for people who suffer from allergies they are Hyperallogenic and they shed a very small amount of their fur. They are very easy to train and one of the most intelligent breed of dog and for beginners they should be very easy to handle. They need exercise so they remain well behaved. They may try to take over so they need to be shown authority to respect their owner.
  4. Greyhound- The Greyhound was a sight hound that could run and catch game at a very fast pace. These dogs are laid back and very mellow and very easy to take care of even though they are used as racing dogs. Their short coats make maintenance very low. They are clean, quiet and their health is very good. Their temperament is independent and they are eager to please. They are reserved around strangers, timid and very sensitive and have been given the name “the world’s fastest couch potato.” They are well mannered, placid and quiet indoors. They will chase anything small that moves while they are outdoors. If they grow up with other pets they get along well with them.
  5. Labrador Retriever- For years these dogs have been popular in North America. Their temperament is described as willing, affectionate, loyal and loving. They are an intelligent breed. Their coat is short, smooth and silky and should be brushed daily. They grow to be quite tall reaching up to twenty four inches and can reach 100 lbs when full grown. Monitoring their diet and exercising them daily will keep them from gaining excessive weight. They love to play retrieving sticks, Frisbees, balls and also enjoy swimming. These dogs are very easy to train and make wonderful pets for children. Their size should not inhibit you from making one of these beautiful sweet dogs a permanent part of your family.

Choosing one of these special breeds of dog will give you and your family many happy years of a special bond to share and unconditional love and affection.

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How to Find the Right Boarding Kennel for Your Dog – 6. October, 2014

A Boarding Kennel can give you peace of mind and quality care for your dog. Kennels must adhere to strict guidelines that are determined by the American Boarding Kennel Association. The code of Ethical Conduct ensures that the kennel staff are trained by a professional and certified.

Locating the right boarding kennel is an important task. Recommendations from your veterinarian, a friend, neighbor or an animal shelter is a wise thing to do. It is very important to do a background check when you locate kennels that you are considering to use.

Check if boarding kennel inspections are required in your state. Kennels that are reputable proudly display the credentials for dog owners to see as they enter the kennel making known that they insure the safety and good care of your dog.

The kennel should require that your dog is properly immunized with the correct shots including Bordetella which is for kennel cough. The health and well being of your dog depends on his shots being up to date.

The kennel staff should conduct a tour of the facility. The kennel should be well lighted and relatively quiet. The dogs should be calm and comfortable. The living and playing areas should look and smell clean free of odors and disinfected every day to eliminate any chance of your dog contracting a disease. There should be no urine or waste in site preventing the spread of disease.

The staff should show you indoor and outdoor runs so you know that your dog will be going outside during the day for exercise and have the proper covering for the cold and hot weather. Indoors should be properly ventilated for correct air flow to all the animals. Adequate air conditioning for summer and heat for the winter is very important. The facility should have enough room for each dog so they are not crowded close to each other for health concerns. Special bedding for dogs that have any medical issues such as arthiritis, should be available. The kennel should have food and water bowls that are clean with each dog.

The kennel staff should inform you as to what type of interaction is available during the day for your dog, because they need physical and mental stimulation with activities such as playtime with the staff and other dogs, also walks. During playtime dogs should be kept together by size so there is no chance of injury. Your dog should receive individual attention from the Kennel staff if he is solely around people.

The kennel should have staff on duty at night in case there is a medical emergency. Specific steps should be in place with the kennel staff being fully knowledgeable in dealing with any problems that arise. The kennel should have a relationship with a veterinarian that is on call for 24 hours, so immediate treatment is available to care for your dog if you are unreachable. Be sure to also leave the contact information of a family member or friend in case of an emergency so they can make a decision for your dog to be taken care of if the situation arises. Some dogs have serious medical conditions, severe separation issues and special needs and need to be supervised constantly during the night, or this could become a serious problem for your dog. If your dog needs medications be sure the kennel has a system in place for delivering the necessary dose when needed. The decision to choose a kennel with staff on call all night should be a number one priority on your list when selecting a boarding kennel.

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How Often to Bathe a Dog – 5. September, 2014

The breed of dog determines how often you bathe him. Indoor dogs do not need much bathing, compared to outside dogs that come in contact with the elements, and they like to dig in the dirt, play in the mud after it rains and running in the yard. Grease and oil on dogs’ coats will build up on different breeds more frequently than others.

There are dogs that have skin conditions that will require different bathing scenarios. Cocker Spaniels need to be bathed every four weeks and are prone to several skin conditions such as Seborrhea which you will be able to see patches of oily and dry skin at the same time. Even though these symptoms are opposite they are both considered to be the result of Seborrhea. Cocker Spaniels need to be given regular baths with special shampoo and conditioners that are used specifically for Seborrhea. Cocker Spaniels are also prone to get yeast, various bacteria and ringworm. Noticeable signs of irritated skin in cocker spaniels are persistent itching, scratching, biting and chewing their skin. Common areas are at the base of the tail, the belly and hind legs.

German Shepherds are active and frequently run and play outdoors due to their energetic personality. They need to be bathed more often, especially when rolling around in leaves, playing in the mud and being exposed to other outdoor debris and elements.

Huskies and Chows have double coats that are very thick and should be bathed three or four times a year. These breeds have undercoats that are insulated and waterproof, and if bathed more than the suggested times will make their coats softer, less insulating and waterproof.

Non shedding dogs such as the Schnauzer, Bichon Frese’, Yorkshire Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Shih Tzu, Poodle, Italian Greyhound, Basenji, and the Chinese Crested which has very little hair need to be bathed often.  Poodles and Schnauzers along with the non shedding dogs would be bathed every six weeks or every other week and also weekly baths will present a problem.

Labrador Retrievers and Rottweilers should be bathed once a month, but every three months is recommended so the element protection is not stripped. The protective oils in their coats are quickly regained and will smell if bathed too often, and as a result they will get extra oils for over bathing protection. Yorkshire terriers especially do not need to be bathed frequently, their hair is considered more human like. While frequent bathing is not required, grooming and brushing is recommended at least three times a week. This will remove knots, tangles and small pieces of debris such as sticks, leaves, dirt and food particles from their hair.

Dogs that shed a lot should not be bathed frequently because this leads to increased hair loss and it is the result of stripping the natural oils from your dog’s skin hindering the normal shedding cycle. Unnecessary bathing can result in skin irritations, rashes and skin conditions.

Any dog breed can develop skin problems. If persistent and unusual behavior develops in your dog, seek the advice of a veterinarian. The veterinarian will examine your dog’s skin and determine if it is a special skin condition causing the constant discomfort or if it is an allergic reaction. At times, it may be an allergic reaction to shampoo and conditioner treatments used during grooming.

If your dog suffers from a skin disease, a specific skin condition or has an allergic reaction to any shampoo or grooming product, advise your dog groomer so certain precautions can be taken to assure your dog’s skin is well cared for and healthy.

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Dog Proofing Your Home – 8. August, 2014

As you welcome your newest member of the family into your home, there are many important steps to take to make sure your home is completely safe. Pet parents should realize that the way you decorate your home could have objects that could be dangerous to your dogs’ health and well being.

Dogs are curious and want to explore their surroundings and think that everything they see is just for them to play with or chew on. The kitchen is one of the most dangerous places that your dog will have access to, the aromas will make this a fun place for your dog to want to be in. Be sure not to have any food that could make him sick on your table or counter tops, limit his access to have the capability to jump up and eat, also sharp objects or drinking glasses that he could knock down on him with his paw. Remove all cleaning supplies from under your cabinet, such as your dish and laundry detergent, any harmful chemicals that come in plastic bottles. These items can be chewed and your dog could swallow the liquid and be poisoned. Dogs love to chew on plastic bags because of the noise, but they are a choking hazard and if they put their face in it they can suffocate. Garbage cans should have a cover on them so your dog will not be able to pull it down and get into any food that he could choke on, or you could put it under a counter that is able to shut securely.

The bathroom has a number of hazards that could hurt your dog. You and your family should be very careful not to leave harmful products within his reach that can be swallowed easily. Cotton swabs, soap bars, shampoo, razors, pills, tissues. Hair dryers should not be left on the counter that he could chew on the cord easily and have it fall on his head. These objects should always be kept in a drawer or inside a cabinet.

The main place that the entire family gathers together is the family room or living room. Keeping the items in order that we use most in our main living areas is also very important. Electric cords should not be visible or easy to access. Blankets and pillows could be put in storage bins to match your décor so your dog will not be tempted to chew on them or drag them around the house. Decorative items or your favorite knick knacks that are breakable should not be on end tables or the coffee table, a high shelf would be a better choice for these special items. Common house plants that may be poisonous should not be easy for your dog to reach. Children’s toys, arts and crafts and sewing supplies are a choking hazard and should be safely put away.

Your bedroom is a special place for your dog because anything that smells like you he will be drawn to. Clothing, slippers and shoes are like toys to your dog. Store shoes in the closet as well as your clothing and put laundry in a hamper that is tall and out of your dog’s reach. Small items that he can choke on such as coins, hair ties and jewelry should be stored safely in drawers. Lotions, cosmetics or medicine on tables next to your bed should be out of reach.

Taking special care to make your entire home and making it safe for your dog is the best thing you could do for your dog and for your peace of mind. Knowing you have protected him completely, will make your life together safe and happy.

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Travel Tips for Dogs – 29. May, 2014

Vacations are the most anticipated time for all of us. Leaving your daily life behind and being able to include your precious family dog makes this time of relaxing more enjoyable.

Taking a trip in your car should be a safe experience for the whole family. Deciding to travel with your dog in a crate is a choice to consider. It is very easy to become distracted if your dog is loose and you need to stop quickly he could be thrown around the car and become severely hurt. Some dogs want to get near the window and decide that they want to jump out. You should not feel that you are being mean by crating your dog most dogs feel safe and secure making it easy for them to really enjoy this journey.

Teaching your dog to welcome a crate takes a few easy steps. Take your dog for a short walk first so he is relaxed and ready to be able to pay attention. Make sure you do not put his leash in the crate he could strangle on it if it gets twisted around his neck. In your home show your dog the crate and open the door putting his two front paws inside and letting him go in on his own, never push him in the crate. Close the door when he is comfortable inside. Do not talk to him in a sad voice, this will make him become anxious and think something is wrong. Tell him to stay and then walk away. Return after fifteen minutes and let him out. Do this several times until he gets used to it.

Dogs experience motion sickness, do not feed them a large amount of food before or during your trip. A high protein snack should be given when you take a break. To get rid of some excess energy from the ride spend time walking your dog or even playing a little. Never leave your dog in the parked car which heats up quickly and could dehydrate him causing serious health issues.

To relax and comfort your dog having his favorite toy, stuffed animal, a bone and a blanket with him will make the ride a happier experience.

Medicating your dog with a drug to calm him down or a sedative may be something that you might be considering. This is not a good option to make him rely on medication because it changes his disposition and he is not the same precious dog and will not be able to fully enjoy this experience. Your dog will be calm seeing your body language, your attitude and your voice that all is good and he is safe.

Hotels that accept dogs is a priority on your list before you take your vacation. There are several hotels that accept dogs like Best Western which have many locations and they have everything in order for your visit. Dog friendly activities along with parks are recommended so you will know your choices and your dog will enjoy great activities. It is very important that you bring your dog’s food and treats. The only food that your dog is able to eat in Hotels is the Continental breakfast which really is not good for them, they should have their special food as they do at home.

When you arrive at the Hotel be sure to take your dog for a long walk to introduce him to the new surroundings so your dog can feel at ease and feel calm.

Being prepared for your vacation and traveling together can be a wonderful experience that you will want to continue for many years to come.

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5 Top Separation Anxiety Cures for Dogs – 25. April, 2014

Separation Anxiety is very common in dogs. When dogs are left alone they suffer with severe panic symptoms and become so distressed showing destructive behavior such as howling, barking, licking and chewing themselves which causes physical harm to their bodies.  Becoming a dog owner is an important step to take. Teaching your dog as a puppy a balance of becoming independent to be left alone for certain amounts of time and for you to be a good companion to your dog should be a priority.

1-      Tolerate Staying Alone – As you teach your dog to stay alone you should start with short amounts of time for a few days so you will be able to see if there is any sign of anxiety then gradually add more time. Short intervals will help your dog not have a setback and get anxious and accept this as a normal part of life. Learning that you are the pack leader and you make the decisions, your dog will then be confident that you will return.

2-      Independence and Self Assurance – Dogs need to learn to balance solitude, companionship and to respect their pack leader. Learning to survive by himself, teach your dog not to follow you around by telling him “Down” and “Stay.” If you are watching television or talking on the phone, tell him “Down” on his blanket and “Stay.” When you are ready to interact with him reward him by playing with his favorite toy.

3-      Leaving and Coming Home Showing No Excitement – The best thing to do for your dog is to make leaving and returning a very uneventful time. No emotional “Good bye” or “Hello, I missed you.” It would greatly benefit your dog if you avoid eye contact and say nothing and completely ignore him for up to twenty minutes before your leave and upon your return home. Your dog should be calm then you can let him come out of his safe location, and while you stay calm praise and pet him quietly. If there are any signs of being anxious, continue ignoring him until he is fully relaxed and calm.

4-      Safe Environment – Choose a room that is well lit, safe, comforting and has familiar family smells such as a family room or a kitchen for your dog’s home alone place. Use a strong baby gate if there is no door to block the entrance. Safety proof the room by keeping plants out of reach, latch cabinets, and keep windows closed as dogs can tear through screens and jump through opened windows. Remove items that your dog would destroy such as collectables, baskets, shoes and tablecloths so they are not tempted to chew.

5-      Mental and Physical Stimulation – A continuous playing CD with calm music, classical music or sounds of the ocean with quiet music in the background is great to keep your dog calm. Play the music when you are home so your dog is familiar with it and will relax while you are away. Stimulating and safe toys are a must to keep him content and occupy his day. Chew toys that are safe, and of course his favorite toys that he loves will comfort him and make his day more enjoyable. There are Kong-type toys that are hollow and can be stuffed with treats such as carrots, and kibbles that will keep your dog occupied for a long time, and Buster Cube and Kong can feed your dog his complete meal.

Time and patience to overcome anxiety with your dog along with security in their environment, and having confidence in you and themselves will make your dog stress free and give him a well balanced life.

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