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?