Pamper Your Puppy

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Pre-K Adventure

 

Lauren Schreiber of Schreiber Tails Doggy Daycare has invited you to a Pamper Your Puppy Party on June 12th!!  You will learn basic tips for puppy care and training, as well as making some FUN toys for you to use when playing with your puppy.

 

Bring the following if you have them to make the toys:

  • old tennis balls
  • old t-shirts you don’t need anymore
  • old socks and an empty plastic bottle

 

If you miss the June event, no worries. We will schedule an event for July and August as well.

 

For the home-based portion of this Adventure you have several different choices to choose from:

  • Take your dog for a walk
  • Give your dog a bath
  • Make a new toy for your dog – something as simple as an empty water bottle in an old sock can bring hours of fun for your furry friend

Basic Adventure

 

Lauren Schreiber of Schreiber Tails Doggy Daycare has invited you to a Pamper Your Puppy Party on June 12th!!  You will learn basic tips for puppy care and training, as well as making some FUN toys for you to use when playing with your puppy.

 

Bring the following if you have them to make the toys:

  • old tennis balls
  • old t-shirts you don’t need anymore
  • old socks and an empty plastic bottle

 

If you miss the June event, no worries. We will schedule an event for July and August as well.

 

Between the events, there are some important things you need to learn to be a responsible pet owner.  Go through this list and check off those you are already doing. If there are things you are missing, take some time to focus on getting better at them:

 

Set House Rules
Teach your dog from the beginning what is and is not appropriate behavior. If something is “OK” today, your puppy will think it’s OK forever.  Make sure that every member of the family enforces the house rules. Consistency is the key to having a well-behaved pet.

 

Being a Responsible Pet Owner

 

  1. Feed your puppy a Good Diet – Provide food that is best for your dog’s age, size and activity level. Keep the diet consistent. Always provide plenty of fresh, clean water.
  2. Exercise – Dogs need regular exercise to ensure continuing good health. Take your dog for walks, run around in the yard, throw a ball around – anything to get him up and moving. This will benefit his health and could also prevent behavior problems.
  3. Vaccinate Your Pup – Check with your veterinarian to see which vaccinations and treatments are recommended for your pup. In addition to rabies, vaccinations for canine distemper, kennel dough, parainfluenza, heartworm and many more can be recommended based on environment and lifestyle.
  4. Know Your Dog’s Patterns – You should become familiar with your dog’s patterns in terms of eating, drinking, sleeping and relieving himself. Any major variations in these patterns could indicate illness.
  5. Provide Chew Toys – Dogs never outgrow the need to chew. Protect your possessions by providing a variety of chew toys to satisfy your dog’s urges.
  6. Bathe Your Dog – A clean dog is a healthy dog. Bathe your dog on a regular basis appropriate to his breed and environment. Overbathing can be harmful to a dog’s skin. Use a good shampoo and be sure to rinse well. If bathing your dog is more than you can handle, take him to a groomer or veterinarian for help.
  7. Groom Your Dog – All dogs should be groomed regularly for health and best appearance. Some short-coated breeds need just a quick brushing every week, while some longer-coated breeds need daily brushing to prevent matting and reduce shedding. If your dog requires clipping or sculpting, you may want to consult a professional groomer.
  8. Clip Those Nails – Keeping your dog’s nails short will keep him comfortable, prevent injury to his feet, and may save the surface of your floors. If you can hear your dog’s nails click on a hard surface, they need to be trimmed. Ask your veterinarian for advice on clipping your dog’s nails yourself.
  9. Clean Those Teeth – To prevent tooth decay and gum disease, clean your dog’s teeth regularly. Most dogs will accept a “toothbrush” if introduced to it slowly and gently. You can also give your dog products such as hard biscuits, rope bones and nylon chews to keep his teeth clean.
  10. Prevent Obesity – Keep your dog healthy by maintaining him at an appropriate weight. Feed him a well-balanced diet and give him plenty of exercise. Don’t give in to begging – “people food” is generally bad for dogs.
  11. Know Your Breed’s Health Risks – You should be aware of common health problems in your breed, how to prevent them, and how to recognize their onset. For example, some giant breeds are prone to bloat, while some short-faced breeds are prone to respiratory problems. Ask your breeder or veterinarian for information about any signs or symptoms you should watch for in your pet.
  12. Protect From Poisons – Make sure that your home and yard are free from poisonous substances, such as antifreeze, which tastes good but can cause serious illness or even death. Keep your veterinarian’s number handy in case of accidental ingestion.
  13. Be Alert to Changing Needs – As your dog ages, his needs will change. He may require a different diet, need more sleep, and be less active. Do what you can to keep him comfortable. Your dog may not be as “fun” as he once was, but he is the same dog you loved as a puppy. You should do everything you can to pamper him in his final years.
  14. I.D. Your Dog – Your dog should wear an identification tag with your name, address and phone number at all times. This will increase the chances of your dog being returned to you if he is lost or runs away.
  15. Provide Shelter – Your dog needs a sheltered area for the time he spends outside. The shelter should provide shade in summer and warmth in winter.
  16. Watch the Heat – Dogs can succumb to heat stress in a matter of minutes. Do not leave your dog in the car when the temperature is high. When your dog is outside, he should have a shady place to lay down and plenty of fresh, cool water.
  17. Travel Safely – Keep your dog safe in the car by using a crate, or by attaching the dog to a seat belt with a harness. Never let your dog ride free in the back of a pickup truck, or allow him to hang his head out of the car window.
  18. Find a Pet-Sitter or Boarding Kennel – Make arrangements for your dog’s care when you go away. Have a friend or reliable pet-sitter come over to tend to the dog, or find a good kennel for boarding. If you opt for boarding, try to inspect the facilities before you drop your dog off.
  19. Prepare for Disaster – Be prepared to care for your dog in the event of a disaster such as fire, flood, hurricane or earthquake. Make an emergency kit with clean water, food, and first aid equipment. Find out in advance if the evacuation shelters in your area allow animals. If not, develop alternatives.
  20. Establish an Emergency Contact – Enlist a family member or friend to take care of your dog in the event of a sudden illness, hospitalization or other emergency. This person should ideally be someone your dog has spent some time with and is comfortable with. Leave a list of general care instructions in a safe place.
  21. Take Pictures – A current photo will be invaluable in the event that your dog is lost.

 

Be a Friend

 

  1. Play!  Dogs, of course, love to play. Set aside time each day for play sessions. Apart from the obvious benefit of having fun together, play also provides an outlet for your dog’s energy.
  2. Go On Walks – Take your dog on frequent walks. He will enjoy exploring the neighborhood and will benefit from the exercise. Make sure that you have a good strong leash and that you maintain control of the dog at all times.
  3. Talk to Your Dog – Your dog won’t understand your words, but he will enjoy the sound of your voice. Talking to your dog will make him feel involved. You can also use different voice levels to praise or correct your dog’s behavior.
  4. Give Treats – Your dog will always appreciate a treat, and treats can be used as a supplement to his regular diet, as well as an excellent training aid.
  5. Love Your Dog – Your dog will love you no matter what. Return the favor.
  6. Switch Out Toys – Keep your dog entertained by rotating his toys. Put “old” toys out of sight for a month or two and then bring them out again – your dog will enjoy them just as much as when they were new.
  7. Give Your Time – You are the center of your dog’s world. You may be tired after a long day, but your dog has spent the day anxiously awaiting your return. Reward that loyalty with your time. Pet him, talk to him, play with him, laugh with him. Let your dog know you value his company.
  8. Find the “Spot” – Scratch your dog’s belly often. If you find the “spot,” so much the better.
  9. Leave the Radio On – Try leaving the radio or television on when you leave your dog alone. The noise will keep him company.
  10. Plan Activities With Your Dog – Include your dog in family activities. Take him to the park or on outings to the beach, or to special activities such as the “Dog Olympics” or dog parades. Your dog will love being out and about with you.
  11. Give a Massage – Dogs love to be petted, and recent studies have shown that structured massages may be beneficial to your dog’s health and behavior. They may also be very relaxing for you!
  12. Make That Tail Wag – Your dog’s tail is a barometer of his emotions. Do what you can to keep it happily wagging.
  13. Go On Trips – Dogs can add another element of fun to a family vacation. Check ahead for lodging that accepts dogs. If flying, ask about travel accommodations for your dog when you make your reservations.
  14. Ease Separation Anxiety – Your dog will want to be with you at all times, but for most people that simply isn’t possible. Help your dog get used to being alone. Leave him each day with a minimum of fuss. When you come home, greet him calmly. This will teach him that your leaving is not something to be concerned about.
  15. Give Kisses – Give your dog a kiss, and see how many you get in return.
  16. Give Your Dog a Job – Keep your dog active and alert by giving him tasks to do. Teach him to fetch the paper, carry groceries in a pack or empty the dryer. Make him sit before getting a treat or lay down before going outside. Giving your dog a sense of purpose and accomplishment will increase his sense of well-being.
  17. Don’t Let Your Dog Down – You aren’t a dog owner just at Christmas, or on the weekends, or in the afternoon, or when you have spare time. You aren’t a dog owner just when the dog is behaving, or when he’s a cute fuzzy puppy, or when he’s winning awards. When you bring a dog into your family, that dog is yours for life. If you can’t keep that commitment, don’t make it. And once you’ve made it, don’t break it. Your dog’s life depends on you.

 

Train Your Dog

 

  1. Teach Basic Commands – Teach your dog basic commands such as sit, stay, come and down. Training your dog will not only make your life easier, but will also fulfill your dog’s desire to learn and please you.
  2. Socialize Your Dog – Expose your dog to different people and settings regularly. Take him to the park, to the pet store, on a walk through town. Praise him for accepting petting from friendly strangers, and for behaving calmly around other dogs. The more your dog learns of the world, the more comfortable he will be in it.
  3. Prevent Nuisance Barking – Teach your dog not to bark without real provocation. Dogs will bark; it’s how they communicate with us. But if you pay attention, you can learn to recognize the cause(s) and prevent excessive barking. If your dog is barking at passing cars or people, take him far enough away from those distractions that you can get his attention, and reward him immediately when he looks at YOU and stops barking. If your dog is barking due to separation anxiety when you leave, try leaving a radio on, putting a blanket over his crate, or giving him a puzzle toy to stay occupied in your absence.
  4. Praise Your Dog –Because your dog loves you, he wants to please you. Praise him lavishly for obeying commands and behaving well. Using positive, rather than negative, reinforcement will help your dog enjoy learning.
  5. Supervise Play With Children – Children and dogs can be great companions, but they also require supervision when playing together. Your dog may be “good with kids,” but what if he encounters a kid that is not good with dogs? Very small children should never be left alone with a dog, no matter how stable his temperament.

 

Super Achiever Adventure

Super Achievers are ready to be Canine Ambassadors.  How can you do that?

  1. Set a Good Example – As a dog owner, you are responsible not only for your own dog’s well being, but for the status of dogs everywhere. One irresponsible dog owner in town can make life difficult for dog owners all over. Owning a friendly, clean, well-mannered dog reflects positively on the species and may help protect our rights to own companion animals.
  2. Respect Your Neighbors – Not everyone will love your dog as much as you do. Keep your dog on your property. Don’t force your dog’s company on a neighbor who isn’t comfortable with dogs.
  3. Don’t Leave Leavings – Always carry a plastic “baggy” or two with you when you walk your dog to pick up any waste it leaves behind, then dispose of the waste properly. Failure to clean up after your dog is disrespectful to your neighbors.
  4. Respect Local Laws – Heed the laws regarding dog ownership in your city or county. These may include registration, leash laws and nuisance barking laws. Failure to obey the laws in your area may not only result in the loss of your dogs, but may also infringe upon the rights of others in your area.
  5. Let Your Dog Help Others – Dogs are invaluable in providing service to humans – visiting the sick, helping the disabled, locating missing persons, and much more. If your dog is of the correct temperament, you and he can reap the rewards of helping others.
  6. Show Your Pride –Of course you should let your dog know when you’re proud of him, but let others know it too. Bringing a well-behaved dog into public places or showing off his talents at competitive events is an excellent way to “advertise” the rewards of canine companionship.
  7. Help Other Learn How to be Responsible Dog Owners  – Share what you have learned with other youth who have pets, or are considering becoming a pet owner. You could even organize a neighborhood pet party and parade where you can share some of these fun tips with other kids in the neighborhood, and then give each dog and their owner a chance to strut their stuff in a doggy parade.

 

Teen Adventure

 

Lauren Schreiber of Schreiber Tails Doggy Daycare has invited you to a Pamper Your Puppy Party on June 12th!!  You will learn basic tips for puppy care and training, as well as making some FUN toys for you to use when playing with your puppy.

 

Bring the following if you have them to make the toys:

  • old tennis balls
  • old t-shirts you don’t need anymore
  • old socks and an empty plastic bottle

 

If you miss the June event, no worries. We will schedule an event for July and August as well.

 

Between the events, there are some important things you need to learn to be a responsible pet owner listed under the Basic Level Adventure.  Go through the list and check off those you are already doing. If there are things you are missing, take some time to focus on getting better at them:

 

Photo Location

Take a picture of you and your pup completing the Adventure and post it to your social media sites with the hashtags #SchreiberTails and #MyDiscoveryDestination. You can get your stamp at the Pamper Your Puppy Parties.

This Adventure is Sponsored By

Schreiber Tails

 

More than a kennel, it’s a home.

 

“We absolutely love Lauren and her family! Our dogs are complete opposites, but they both have a wonderful time staying at their house while we’re away. Having her dogs around is so much fun, it’s like a mini-vacation for our pups. She is very responsive and always sends lots of pictures and updates, which I love. We will definitely be bringing our dogs back to Lauren, and I recommend her every chance I get!”

 

 

“What a sweet and loving home, with other fun dog friends, to leave my girl while I’m out of town. This was her first time staying in a boarding situation and I expected a stressed out dog – but not at all! She was well loved and played with, just like at home. “

 

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