Pool Safety Tips For Dogs.

Creating the aqua boy or diving diva your pup sometimes needs some preparation. In order for a dog to learn to enjoy the process of swimming it’s helpful to make the process safe and fun. Pool safety for pets is important in case of accidental dips.
Paws For A Minute® H2o – Swimming 101 
  • Get. A leash, have a collar on your pup and purchase a doggie lifejacket. 
  • Play. Use a hose and begin water play with that first. If your dog loves the water play your in good shape in creating the swimmer. 
Tools 
  • The Leash. It helps guide your pup to know where to get out and gives you control to guide vs coax. 
  • Life Jacket. I know many think that’s overkill but it helps your new swimmer with being buoyant and therefore learning to enjoy being the otter. Not using one, you run the risk of a bad experience. Best dog life jacket: Outward Hound.
  • How. Lift your pup into the pool and  gently let him go. Use the leash and your voice to guide and show him the stairs and where to get out of the pool. 
  • Safety: Even if your dog doesn’t end up to be Aqua Boy – always good to teach how to swim and where to get out in case of an accidental unintended dip.

Can Dog Food Affect Dog Training? Paws For A Minute Quick TIps

Can the way feed your puppy or what you feed your dog really affect dog training and your dogs ability to learn? The answer is YES, 100% yes. Your pups ability is learned and largely scheduled by you. Rescuing a dog or adopting a new puppy what and how you feed your dog ties into dog training. Potty issues, food drive for treats and territorial behaviors are learned. Here is my people training tips for the day. How, where, when and what you feed your puppy or dog most certainly dog can and does affect training and effects good and bad can be long lasting.  Most behavioral issues begin in the home and issues such as housebreaking and food based aggression can be innocently be triggered by you. 

Paws For A Minute®  Dog food, dog training and daily life with Fido. 

People treats and Fido facts: 7 Tips for creating Muttri-mony. 

  • Time feed your dog. When, how and what you feed your dog is directly tied in to housebreaking issues. Teaching your puppy to go “outside” potty is directly associated with meal time. Put food down for 15 min. only. Do so when you are home so your dog learns to eat in one sitting. 

  • Use correct portions. Puppy needs change as they grow. Many people end up over feeding or guessing on portion size. Hence, often creating a finicky eater or over feeding an adult dog and creating long term potty issues. 

  •  Check-in with your vet as to the amount of food for your size and breed. The back of the dog food bag cannot determine your own dogs exercise level. Growing pups need several meals yet adult dogs do not. 

  • Leaving food out all day for your dog to nibble is not a great idea. Dogs love routine. Leaving food in dog bowls can lead to possible behavioral issues. It can also create a finicky eater. Sort of a self fulfilling prophecy, the people who feel they need to leave food out so that their dog will eat, is actually creating less drive to eat.  If a dog does not eat at the same time of day they will also not go to the bathroom at the same time. 

  • Check dog food ingredients. What makes a dog food good for your dog should not just be judged only by your dog liking it. Some dogs will hover anything down others will not touch steak before they sniff it first. Training your dog and vet bills are tied to long term nutritional of your dogs needs being met. Check the back of the bag. Sugar should not be one of the ingredients in your dog food. Often blueberries and other antioxidants sometimes are the culprit to loose ( you know what) causing vet bills only to finally (through non conclusive tests to rule out other things ) switch brands to a more palatable food. The main protein of the food should be the first ingredient ( such as ) Chicken, Salmon etc.

  • A balanced diet= a less hyper dog and makes potty training easier with other training tips.  Puppy food is generally feed to a puppy until they are 1 years old. Then adult food takes over for maintenance. Senior food begins at age 7. 

  • Changing dog food to different brands. Always do so slowly over a 3 to 4 day span. Slowly add in the new food in small amounts increasing the amounts over several days. This prevents stomach upset.

Paws For A Minute® Puppy series: Teething Tips

The teething stage of puppyhood can be so annoying, keep you on your toes and constantly chanting a chorus of “No’s!” Most new puppy people have arms that resemble a heroin addict covered with needle marks. Puppy teeth hurt like crazy! 

There are several stages to this function of puppyhood and good for new puppy parents to know how to deal and what chew toys are good for each stage. Usually this topic is not discussed in detail as to what and how to deal with this sometimes painful playtime. Having a zillion toys on the ground often don’t get noticed, especially if you don’t have the right toys for the right stage!

8 week to 10 week old pups: Squeaker toys are awesome at this age. It helps pups focus and follow you. Oversized “dog” stuffed animal toys fantastic. At this age pup’s are just beginning to chew so biting into a stuffed toy instead of your arm helps the play process. Ice cubes are also a big hit during playtime. Toys that roll are essential to your sanity and keep your pup moving.

11 to 14 week old pups: During this stage they are beginning to really teethe! Tempting to repeat the word no constantly as they gnaw on everything. By the way, this stage will pass. Don’t think this will become a bad behavior or that you have a devil dog. In the meantime, think exercise and reverse psychology with trading in your arm for the right toy. Being smarter than your puppy when he’s being evil works. What satisfied your pups urge to chew a few weeks ago  may not be working anymore. Bring in different toys! 

Planet dog brand has great softer rubber toys pups this age love them. Pigs ears and bully sticks are your ticket to peace during these weeks. Hold the bully stick while your puppy chews. Holding it identifies the stick as the right chew bone. I know it seems obvious however, you’d be surprised at how fast they’ll learn what to chew. If it’s just laying on the ground they may not seem interested in it until you give it them to chew. 

 

A helpful tip is to define a chewing area that’s  a gated space, in a central part of your house. This helps to keep your puppy on a bit of a schedule, preventing your insanity and puppy’s constant freedom. It also helps them to focus on the art of chewing.  

 

Chewing is function of a puppy not a behavior, what they learn to chew on becomes the behavior over time. You get to teach your puppy what to chew on, so setting a puppy schedule helps.

Good news! Adult teeth appear when your puppy turns 6 months-old, like clock work — all breeds. Promise!

Fabulous Fall Fido Must-Haves

 

Shopping is not just for the little pup. We found this beautiful black leather leash. Made from gorgeous soft leather that will last years.

www.deanandtylerproducts.com

We love this dog bed which is made from Eco friendly materials and a the best part is the waterproof bottom! Making it a perfect outdoor patio dog bed.

This could be their best design yet. It’s called the Orbit bed, it has orthopedic foam bottom and great for older dogs. The silver bottom is a waterproof nylon.

www.boswers.com

 

No home with hounds would be complete without the water bowl. Check out this cute version of the Melia Water Tap Ceramic Bowl available at www.baxterboo.com

Coolest Dog Sweaters

The latest Fall Collection of Chilly Dog sweaters are in and not just for the little pup.

This fashion forward fido wear is happening in many colors, argyles, and animal hoodies and scarfs.

Available all over the web and in many stores. To check out their complete collection before googling your favorite go to: www.chillydogsweaters.com to view their wholesale collection. 

 

 

 

Their sizing ranges to fit a tea cup dog to a Great Dane.

Fantastic for short haired breeds and senior pups too! Gotta love it.

 

 

Feng Shui With Fido™ Feeding Tip. Great Dog Bowls Add Color To Your Kitchen

Add a little color to your kitchen with these cute studio bowls by Wetnoz®.

These bowls are perfect for puppy owners, they’re plastic, inexpensive and look fantastic.

www.wetnoz.com

Paws For A Minute® Feeding Tip: Always feed your new dog a measured amount right for his size and age. Ask your vet about amounts rather than package servings. How, when and where you feed your puppy has everything to do with teaching your pup where to go potty. 

Feng Shui with Fido™ dog training method- Dog + Home = Peace.

Feeding Fido

Where: Kitchen is best, rather than outdoors.

When: Feed your dog when you are present. Many dogs love company or will get distracted if owners walk away and can become finicky eaters.

How: Best to time feed your dog. Put food down at the same time of day, same amount. Use a 15 minute increment for meal time. Pick up the food if not finished, until the next feeding time.

Why: If you leave food in a bowl out all day, it will effect your dogs housebreaking process.

 

Pet Travel Accessories Upgraded to Awesome. Check This Out!

Traveling with your pet is made eco-friendly this summer by Sleepypod. The carbon foot print is erased. You get exercise and your pet’s traveling case is perrfect.

This product and company is a Paws For A Minute® favorite. Check out more cool pet travel accessories at www.sleepypod.com

Cool Cat Beds: Gift Idea

Great gift idea’s…
I saw these fantastic handmade pet beds and what I really wanted is for this artist make me a sweater! Amazing colors and a must-have unique gift for the holidays. These cute beds will add color to any room in the house and accent like a throw pillow.
The artist is from Boothbay Maine and takes orders.  K’s one-of-a-kind hand-knit pet beds are wool and range from $88.00 USD to $98.00 USD.
Perrfect for cats or even a toy or small breed dogs.
Check it out!

Gift Ideas For The Posh Pup. 7 Things We Love.

Naughty or nice, this year?

Well, if it’s nice, here are seven very cute things to give your posh lil’pup this year, or friend. This list is mainly for the pee-wee’s. The BIG dog list is coming soon…

 

 

 

Kiehls since 1851 makes a spray-and-play

Makes dogs smell great and you not embarrassed. It’s wonderful to have in the house for the holidays. Terrific for in between baths. Just spray on and your dogs, and they will smell lovely before the guests come. To solve goosing guests at the front door, keep reading. $13.00

 

I love this orange quilted canvas dog mat or blanket.

Great for the car or to throw over the couch or chair.

Also comes in honey and cream. Washable.

$168.00

 

Dog rain slicker. This is an old school look made mod.

$124.00

 

 

 

Cute rope chew toy. Peace sign comes in blue and red.

Made by Jax and Bones.

$12.00

 

 

This is a very posh shearling harness.

Comes in black and natural.

$575.00

 

 

Shearling Coat- Large

I’m not sure what large means… but it looks snuggly for the short haired dog who gets cold.

Size details available

$725.00

 

 Perfect tote for the Chihuahua, Yorkie, Mini Dachshund. I know I’m leaving many others out, but you get the idea.

Made by Mungo and Maud

Pod Bag

$575.00

All of the beautiful items are available at www.barneys.com

Paws For A Minute® – Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Your Dog

Thinking about Christmas already… maybe a puppy? I always suggest that when getting a puppy for the holidays to remember the process can be stressful for everyone, including the wet nosed one. So, take your time looking for the right match. You can still have plenty to unwrap and prepare for leading up for the home coming.

Get creative. Collect the things you may need as stocking stuffers and presents to indicate what’s coming to your family. Here are some great ideas to get you started. Check out these beautiful name tags.

I love the idea of these beautiful name tags as a gift, to lead up to the actual puppy. The prices vary between $19.00 -$26.50 USD

All of these tags are handmade and the creation of Tessa Long who lives in Bozeman Montana with her husband and three furry children.

Found on etsy: www.makeyourdogsmile.com