Tips For Traveling With Your Dog

Ahhh Spring – a time of renewal and spring break vacations!

If you are a dog parent, then spring break means either finding a friend or family member to dog-sit, choosing a dog daycare provider, or traveling with your dog.

If you’ve decided to take your dog on the road with you this spring, here are some tips to ensure you – and your dog – have a great spring break vacation:

Identification

Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with current tags, and has proper identification. If you have not had your dog microchipped, consider doing so before you leave. Microchipping is a simple procedure which can be done at your vet office and can ensure the safe return of your dog should he get lost while traveling. (more…)

How To Choose A Doggy Daycare

Whether you are looking for a dog daycare provider for your dog while you are away on vacation, or daily while you are at work, it’s important to choose an experienced provider to be sure your dog is safe and well cared for while you are away. Prior to founding DogSense Unleashed, we owned a dog daycare in the southeastern suburbs of the Twin Cities, serving over 2,000 dogs and dog parents. Since then, we’ve consulted with a variety of dog daycares on industry best practices. It’s important to know that dog daycare is not appropriate for all dogs. Your first day of attendance at a dog daycare should be an evaluation day. Be sure to ask questions about your dog’s first evaluation day and a description of the facility’s policies. Vaccinations should be requested, and should be current, including: Rabies, Distemper and Bordatella. (Some daycare facilities will accept titers test). Questions to ask when choosing a dog daycare provider: (more…)

Your New Puppy Checklist

Spring is right around the corner – and often this brings with it thoughts of a brand new puppy to join your home. Are you prepared with all you’ll need to make sure you’re ready for your new puppy’s arrival? Here’s our handy check-list of everything you’ll need to be equipped when your new puppy joins your family:

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Top 10 Dog Park Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe & Happy

There simply is no better outlet for your dog’s energy than playing with other dogs. Dog parks are a wonderful resource for getting your dog a sufficient dose of daily exercise.

Before heading out to your local dog park, it’s important to plan ahead and know what to be aware of to ensure your dog is safe, and has a great time.

  1. Puppies under 16 weeks of age should not attend a general population dog park. Dog/dog socialization is of the utmost importance for puppies but this should always occur in controlled settings where you can protect your puppy from bad experiences that could potentially make your puppy fearful. Local puppy socials and puppy kindergarten type programs should be utilized until your puppy has lots of good experiences with other dogs. Once your puppy has lots of good experiences and are well padded, then you may partake in activities at your local dog park.
  2. Make sure your dog is fully vaccinated. This is for the safety in health for your dog and all other dogs that enjoy the dog park. Minimum vaccinations suggested are Rabies, Distemper and Bordatella. Also make sure your dog is healthy for every dog park visit. (more…)

How To Choose The Right Dog Trainer For You

Many people we speak with are not aware that Dog Training is an unregulated industry. This means that anyone can hang out a shingle and charge for services as a dog trainer. Assuming you don’t want just “anyone” providing training for your dog, here are some tips for choosing the right dog trainer for you.

Many dog trainers do not possess any formal training. Many people become dog trainers after experience with training their dog for the show ring or sport. What we’ve found is that this often does not translate well to training a dog to be a great family member. This blog at 4 Paws University provides a great explanation of why the dog trainer you choose matters a great deal.

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Keeping Your Dog Safe From Household Poisons

March 16 – 22, 2014 is National Poison Prevention Week, designated as a time to raise awareness of the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent poisoning from common household items in your home.

While considering the overall hazards of poisons in your home to you and your family, don’t forget the four-legged members of your family as well. Common household items that are perfectly safe for you and your children can be poisonous to your dog.

For instance – which of the following items are poisonous to your dog?

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Top Tips for Socializing Your New Puppy

Puppies between the age of 3 weeks to 16 weeks are in their Socialization Stage. During this Stage, it’s critical that you introduce your puppy to a variety of people, animals, sounds and places to ensure proper socialization.

Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Always pair things your puppy considers positive with new experiences:

  • People – Include children, men, women, people of different ethnicities and people wearing and carrying stuff
  • Animals – Dogs and Puppies – introduce and provide play opportunities after you have ensured potential playmates are friendly and display good play skills
  • Puppy classes and puppy socials are controlled environments offering appropriate play opportunities in a sanitary environment
  • Dog Parks can be overwhelming to a young puppy – wait until your puppy is fully vaccinated and well socialized before frequenting your local dog park.
  • Whenever your puppy sees another animal, pair with good things according to your puppy
  • Visit parks and places where you can sit and watch the various people and animals at a comfortable distance for you puppy – don’t forget to pair yums, toys and play with new experiences

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What Is A Social Dog?

First and foremost, it is the dog most people want!

A social dog is a dog who:

  • Is able to go out and about with family
  • Has a better life and a stronger bond with family.
  • Is tired from activities with family, which lends itself to a better-behaved dog at home.

Socialization as a puppy is essential to raising a dog that can be a social dog.

Animals are pre-programmed to fear the unknown. We have a window during the socialization period where puppies rebound more rapidly to new things as long as they are paired with good things.
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Forget The Whispering – For Dogs, Good Behavior Is Like Learning To Shoot Hoops

The world of dog training is littered with myth, mystique and machismo. The moment you hit the web or the bookshelf in search of some sound advice, you find the pep talks about poor leadership, dogs determined to dominate and the need for owners to man (or woman) up and show they’re top of the pile and head of the pack. But getting the dogs we love to behave in the way we’d like is not about stamping out their resistance to our will. In fact, for your dog, it’s more like what it takes to become an ace at shooting hoops or master the piano. Effective progress and lasting success takes practice and skilled coaching. Why should that be any surprise?

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Make Way For The New Breed Of Dog Trainer

When you put your much loved dog in the hands of a trainer at a day train or ‘boot camp’ do you actually know what you’re going to get? At the very least, you expect competence, kindness and care. But in an unregulated industry, trainers can be hazy about the methods they use and even hazier about the evidence on which they’re based. But all that is about to change. A new breed of trainers is coming onto the scene. They’re professional, highly qualified and committed to exceptional service. At DogSense, we’re proud to be one of the first of this new breed and we’re bringing owners into our world via webcam to see just how we make a difference.

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