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:
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…)
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…)
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:
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.
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?
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?
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.