From PERILOUS PUP to PRECIOUS POOCH – Dog Training TIPS that REALLY WORK!

Puppies – so cute yet so prone to jumping, nipping, chewing & barking. At Angels Eyes, we know of a few simple “dog training” techniques that can help you discourage undesirable behaviors before they become routine. These techniques, by the way, work well with adult dogs too! Guess that means older dogs can learn new tricks, so let’s get started.

First off, remember your pup is pure at heart, lives in the moment AND doesn’t know any better when he or she displays behaviors that might bother you. When you are patient, calm and consistent when training your beloved pet, you will reap the rewards of a sweet companion who is loved by you, your family and your neighbors.

Praise works wonders! When your dog displays a behavior, you’d like to stop – such as nipping at your hand while playing – come up with a command such as “no biting” and use it every time your pet nips. If he or she keeps nipping, gently remove your hand, repeat the command “no biting” and end playtime. Repeat the process everytime you play until he or she stops nipping (it may take several tries) THEN heap praise on your pet as a reward. Now that you’ve learned the “praise” technique – you can use it to change or encourage all types of behavior by devising simple appropriate commands such as “get down,” “no begging” – you get the idea.

Bribery is an option. At Angels Eyes, we know some behaviors can be harder to correct than others – like straining on a leash. When you get ready for a walk, carry a few treats with you and when your pet pulls on the leash, say “walk nice” or “heel” and when your pet slows down, offer the treat while praising the behavior. Because training with treats is so effective, it can be used as a reward when teaching your pet to sit, stay, roll over and more. On a side note, treats have calories, so we suggest you break them into tiny bites or use low-calorie blueberries or diced carrots to help your pup stay trim and healthy.

The Switcheroo. For behaviors like “chewing” – the replacement technique is touted by many pet lovers as a miracle worker. When you see your pooch chewing on a shoe or book, firmly say “no,” take the item away and replace it with a “chew toy!” When your dog starts chewing the approved item, praise your pet for chewing on the good toy. Soon, your pup will get the idea that your shoes or books are “off limits” and as a bonus, has gained a new toy! That’s what we can a win-win!

Just walk away. If your dog is displaying a behavior that other techniques have failed to correct, such as repeated barking, or constantly vying for your attention, simply move away from your pet and ignore the behavior. We know it may be hard to ignore that sweet little face, but when your dog fails to get attention, he or she will quickly learn that barking, jumping or whimpering does not result in attention. When your pet calms down, offer that attention as a reward and you and your pup will both enjoy yourselves.

Consistency Matters. Whether using praise, training treats, replacement items or walking away, remember to be consistent, always responding calmly and with the appropriate commands and training techniques. And always be effusive with your praise. At Angel Eyes, we believe you can never give your pet too much love. Also, one of the things we love most about our pets is that they really are eager to please, will lap up the praise AND reward you with lots of affection in return! No wonder our furry-family members are so well-loved.

Professional Training Requires Participation. If you are thinking about hiring a professional “dog trainer,” it’s important to note that a good trainer will actually be training you AND your dog. Go ahead and sign up for one-on-one or group training, but when classes are finished, remember that it will be up to you to continue with the techniques & commands your pet has learned for a lifetime of good habits, lots of snuggles AND tons of love.

A Word of Caution. Last but not least if your pet is displaying worrisome behavior such as over-zealous chewing, licking, whimpering or crying – don’t rule out the thought that it could be anxiety-related or caused by a medical condition. At Angels Eyes, we recommend a call or visit to your veterinarian if you suspect an underlying issue. We know you love your “furry family members” as much as we do ours AND we wish you both a lifetime of health & happiness. Happy Training AND Happy Life!
From PERILOUS PUP to PRECIOUS POOCH – Dog Training TIPS that REALLY WORK!

Panicked Pooch to Playful Pup: Dog Safety Tips to Weather Thunderstorms

When Thunder Roars, If Your Dog Goes Into a Tailspin as a Storm Approaches, Here Are Some Helpful Tips to Help Calm His or Her Fears.

From a drop in barometric pressure to the sound of thunder and a strike of lightning, if your dog goes “into a tailspin” when a storm approaches, here are some helpful tips to help calm his or her fears. As an immediate response, think “dog safety” and provide a protected area for your pet. Close blinds or curtains to muffle the storm and to keep your dog from seeing outside. If you have a pet crate, covering it with a sheet to provide a sanctuary can soothe a pet that is prone to hiding. Keep your demeanor calm and don’t try to overreact as this could reinforce the notion that there is something to fear. It is perfectly fine to comfort your dog by playing pleasant music, by cuddling, casually petting and massaging, or offering distractions such as play time or treats. If you remain upbeat, these enjoyable activities can go a long way to relieving stress. If despite these efforts, your pet remains agitated, remember the behavior is being caused by fear, so please resist the urge to dismiss, scold or punish your pet for displays of anxiety.

There are also products on the market that mimic “swaddling” or reduce visual stimulation as well as holistic & prescribed medications designed to reduce storm anxiety. Before trying these methods, it is best to ask your veterinarian to examine your dog to see if any medical issues could be involved and to suggest ways to best help your dog cope with storms. Bottom line – dog safety should always be top of mind.

Panicked Pooch to Playful Pup-Dog Safety Tips to Weather Thunderstorms

After storm season is over, you may want to consider playing recordings of thunder to get your dog used to the sound before the next round of bad weather rolls around. Start out at low levels that do not frighten your pet then take some time to engage in a pleasant activity. Over the next several weeks, gradually increase the volume if – and only if – your dog doesn’t show signs of anxiety. As dog lovers, we all know dog safety should always be the number one priority. If your pet responds negatively, it might be time to seek professional assistance from a pet behavior specialist.

Why are so many dogs, cats, and other animals afraid of thunderstorms? Veterinarians & Pet Behavior Experts don’t know all the “triggers” but most agree a mix of loud thunder, lightning, wind, barometric pressure, static electricity and low frequency rumbles humans can’t hear can combine to create “the perfect storm” which induces anxiety in many pets. It’s also important to note that pets with storm phobias can also be frightened by other disturbances caused by loud music, sirens, fireworks, and gunshots. With the holiday season right around the corner – please keep this in mind AND take the proper precautions to keep your dog safe. Avoid bringing anxious pets to holiday parades & New Year’s Eve Celebrations. If they could talk, they would certainly thank you for it.

Dog Safety Tips to Keep Your Canine Cool & Comfortable During Hot Summer Days

It’s that time of the year again! The summer sun is not letting up, and just as we should take precautions to protect ourselves from the summertime rays, we must do the same for our canine family members, too. Dog safety precautions are extremely important to ensure that your canine is protected from the heat, inside and out. As humans have the ability to sweat from most of their body to naturally release heat and cool down, dogs have just a few spots on their bodies to sweat it out, namely their footpads. Another way dogs release internal heat is by panting, although it should be noted that panting is not sweating from the mouth – it’s simply another way for them to relieve themselves of the heat. One more way dogs naturally combat the heat is through vasodilation. Vasodilation is when blood vessels widen to increase blood flow to areas of the body that need it more than others. Canine’s facial blood vessels (including the vessels in their ears) vasodilate to help cool them down by creating more blood flow closer to the skin, which allows heat on the inside to be swapped with cooler air from the outside environment. But despite these (pretty interesting) natural cooling mechanisms, the summer heat can still (and commonly does) overwhelm your dog’s systems without additional care and precaution by us, the owners. With the love of our pooches in mind, Angels’ Eyes wants to provide you with some dog safety tips and tricks to help your best friends beat out the devastating summer heat:

Dog Safety Tips

  1. Hydration

Dogs expend loads of energy and, as stated above, they do not have many ways to release the built-up heat, especially when they’re using lots of energy in the hot sun. The best way to make sure they are cool and comfortable is to keep them hydrated with fresh water that is slightly cooler than room temperature, but not too cold and not too warm. Water that is too cold can cause cramping as well as shock and bloating symptoms, which would only make them more uncomfortable. Dogs need at least one ounce of water per pound each regular weather day, so naturally, they would need more on hotter days. Be sure to keep a fresh water jug and bowl with you when bringing your dog out in the heat, and always have fresh cool water accessible so they can hydrate as needed.

  1. Child-Size Pool

Another way to provide means for your dog to cool down is to pick up a kiddie pool and fill it with cool water. This lets your dog have the option to jump in and chill out whenever they feel a bit too warm from playing in the sun. These pools are generally inexpensive and reusable, and will most likely last you the duration of the summer.

They fit most if not all canine sizes and can be found at pet stores like Chewy.com and PetSmart, retail centers such as Walmart and Target, and also outdoor and sporting goods stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods.

  1. Frozen Treats

Frozen dog treats are a fun and delicious way to provide some temporary relief for your pup. Some scrumptious options include Peanut Butter Popsicles, Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries, and Frozen Pumpkin-Yogurt-Honey-Banana Treats.

  1. Cool and Shaded Surfaces

Another great way for your dog to cool down is with surfaces that do not easily hold heat, such as tile, marble, and cold-water soaked towels. These cool, large surface areas provide a way for heat to escape your dog’s body and “trade places” with the cool tile. This is a highly effective way to relieve your dog from overheating. Moreover, if you let your dog outside for extended periods of time in the summertime heat, you MUST make sure there are multiple shaded areas for your pup to lounge in. Whether it’s a covered patio or under a tree or even a hole your dog dug (soil and mud are cool materials protected from the sun’s rays), allow your canine to relax in and on cooler surfaces both inside and outside when the temperature rises.

Dog safety measures are imperative to a dog’s health, especially since dog safety, specifically related to overheating, is quickly gaining traction in mainstream media, with loads of reports of dogs being left in hot cars and left without the necessary components of keeping them cool, comfortable, and protected from the hot sun. We are responsible for keeping our dogs healthy, happy, and unharmed from the sun and other factors from which they cannot protect themselves without our aid. Before leaving you to play with your favorite furry family member, here are a couple last-minute dog safety tips that could help your pup escape the heat: have your pooch groomed regularly, especially in the summer, to ensure that their body is taking in and releasing heat evenly. Check out our grooming products here: Angels’ Eyes Grooming Products. Also, walk your dog in the early mornings before the sun beams down and heats up the sidewalks or in the evening after the sun retreats and the paths can cool down. This can help protect their footpads from overheating, which are one of their only spots from which they can naturally release heat in the form of sweat.

Now that you have some easy ways to safely relieve your dog of the hot summertime weather, we hope you and your pooch create wonderful, healthy, and safe memories this summer and for summers to come. For more information about caring for your canine, visit us at www.angelseyesonline.com.

Dog Park Safety and Etiquette

At Angels’ Eyes, we know our furry friends are part of the family. When we first bring them home we try our best to have everything in the house ready. We figure out the best ways to train them. For example, we teach them to not chew furniture and we house-break them. However, a problem that often occurs and most people forget is outdoor etiquette. Taking your dog to the park or out for a walk is a whole different experience than coming home. Don’t get scared, here are some dog safety tips you should follow if you are taking your pup to the dog park.

  • Just like you would check out a place for you before you attended. Check out the dog park before you bring your pup. Talk to other dog owners and ask them about the things they like. Make sure that you also see if the other dogs are friendly and if there are mostly big or small dogs or maybe a good mixture of both. At this time, make sure you also read the park rules and hours.
  • Remember the park rules you need to check out. Most, parks ask that all dogs are up to date on their vaccinations. Be sure to confirm with your veterinarian if your pup is good to go.
  • Once you check out the park and clear things off with your veterinarian, you can take your dog to the park. Attending the park after work or on the weekends may intimidate your four-legged friend. So, be sure to have your first trip to the park during low hours. This is a new experience for your dog, have it be fun one.
  • When you get to the park, and you see it’s safe to take your dog off the leash, do so right away. Most dogs show leash aggression when a dog is on a leash while others aren’t.
  • At the park, be alert and always keep an eye on your dog. Do not sit and read or take a call and walk away from your dog. The park is a perfect place to play with your them. So, if your dog doesn’t mind sharing, bring a toy. If they like to keep their toys to themselves, just bring some treats. Be sure to ask other owners before sharing those dogs treats.
  • There’s a chance that one of your trips to the park might not just be for play. You have to learn to recognize the difference between play and aggression. If a fight does break out, DO NOT get in the middle of it. Throw a sweater or some water to the brawlers. If your pup is not involved, take him out of the park for the day.

It is important to note that you try to have your dog meet with other dogs before you take them to the park. This is a safety step for your dog and for others. At that point, you will be able to see how your dog interacts with others. If your dog is too rough when they play, or if they’re intimidated by other dogs, they might need more interaction. Set up more visits with the same dogs before you take them to the park. Other than that, at Angels’ Eyes, we encourage you to remember all the dog park safety tips, fun and enjoy the day at the park with your furry friend.

Dog Walking Safety

Walking your dog is part of the responsibility that comes with being a dog owner. This task also requires you to have some training techniques in case you run into extreme weather conditions or walk at night. You want to make sure that you are using the right tools and have the proper knowledge when it comes to walking with your four-legged friend.  Here are some pet walking safety tips that will help you and bring awareness the next time that you are out for a stroll with your pup.

  1. Collar or harness
    The answer truly depends on your dog. For small breeds, such as Yorkshire terriers or Chihuahuas, harnesses are the best way to go. Collars tend to put more stress on the neck and the trachea. These small dogs are at a higher risk for tracheal collapse. However, some dogs just don’t like harnesses and will show that when the owner is trying to put on the harness. As for collars, you have to be aware and check that it is not too loose. Collars are easier to slip out, especially if you have a dog that fights the leash. Picking between a collar and a harness depends on the breed and your pets’ response towards you when it’s time for a walk.Dog Walking Safety - Collar or Harness?
  2. Encountering other dogs
    After some days of walking your dog, you’ll start to notice other dog walkers in your neighborhood or park. The best way to go about this is by following this pet walking safety tip. First of all, learn to be relaxed. The owner’s first instinct is to tighten up the leash. Nevertheless, this signals tension and send your dog the impression that something is wrong. In this case, the best you can do is loosen your grip, watch the behavior of both dogs, and ask the other walker or owner if it’s alright for the dogs to meet. Usually, people know their dog’s behavior. You’ll learn how your dog reacts and you’ll know what to do next time you’re out on your walk.Dog Walking Safety - Encountering Other Dogs
  3. Nighttime or extreme weather
    Walking your dog in either of these scenarios requires a little extra work from your part. During night walks, be alert for night creatures like raccoons or coyotes. If there’s a lot of traffic, make sure to take extra precautions. Use flashing lights and reflective gear for you and your furry friend. In extreme weather, you also need to be alert. During cold and icy winter days, make sure that you wipe their paws. Take a moment and check for redness, cuts or cracks. If needed use petroleum jelly and if your pet doesn’t mind, use dog booties. The other end of the spectrum is hot summer days. During this time, walk your dog on the grass and always have some water handy so your pup doesn’t get dehydrated.Dog Walking Safety - Nighttime or Extreme Weather

If you follow these tips, your walks with your dog will be more relaxing. Remember that your safety and your pet’s safety is important. Taking these tips and small precautions into consideration will grow the bond between you and your pet.

Pet Care Tips: Poisonous Foods for Dogs

There are a variety of foods in the world that are delicious, but just because we like them, doesn’t mean dogs should try them. The list of foods often varies based on breed, weight, and other contributing factors. We have made a list of the top five foods that are poisonous to all dogs. Whether you’re a new dog owner or doing some research for your peace of mind, we suggest you print this list or at least keep it nearby.

  1. CHOCOLATE: This food is talked about a lot. It is also a definite no-no for your furry little friend. Chocolate has caffeine, and that alone can cause some damage. Now if you add the theobromine and theophylline to the mix your pup can experience symptoms anywhere from panting and vomiting to diarrhea. In some cases, maybe all of these together and consequently damaging their heart and nervous systems.
  2. GRAPES and RAISINS: Most people are unaware that grapes and raisins can be toxic. As of today, the poisonous substance coming from grapes and raisins is still a mystery. What is known, however, is that they can cause great damage to the liver and kidney failure.
  3. NUTS: Almonds, pecans, and walnuts have high amounts of oils. These can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and in some breeds, it can create pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are also dangerous; symptoms usually appear within 12 hours and have more risks than other nuts. They can cause depression, weakness, tremors, and hyperthermia.
  4. XYLITOL: This is a sweetener usually used in products like gum, candy, and some baked goods. Though humans have no reaction to xylitol, dogs, on the other hand, can experience vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, and an increase in insulin. A small amount of Xylitol can be harmful, and your dog may have seizures, liver failure and in some cases death.
  5. YEAST: Just like yeast rises in bread, it can expand your dog’s belly. In some cases, just a bit of it can cause gas and discomfort for several hours. In others cases, yeast can expand the stomach and intestines causing them to twist or rupture. Too much yeast intake can turn into a trip to the vet.

There are other foods out there that are harmful to your dog but these are high on the list. We suggest that for your dog’s safety you give them dog food. It is designed to boosts and complements their dietary needs. We understand that pet care is a priority that is why our dog safety tips are always a click away.

 

Pet Care Tips: Poisonous Foods for Dogs