The Truth about Leaving Dogs Alone

dog sitter jolietMany people, too many in fact, leave their dogs alone for an entire workday. This isn’t good because dogs are social creatures who crave love and attention often. They need a physical response from people and the games they play in order to be happy. This means, even if your dog doesn’t destroy the house while you’re gone, it doesn’t mean he’s okay with being so lonely. If you have a life where you can’t make it home from work for lunch, and nobody else lives with you… then you need to figure something out because your dog is sad, lonely and bored. He or she could potentially begin to suffer separation anxiety, and even resort to retaliating behavior, like using the bathroom indoors or chewing furniture.
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10 Reactions to Your Dog’s Quirks

Whether you’ve had your dog for three weeks or three years, some of these reactions and statements will have you laughing and saying “Deb, that is so true”. Dogs are hysterical, adorable creatures, even when they’re being mildly irritating.

 

  • Your first day with your dog:

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  • When you have had rough day and you come home to your dog’s unconditional love:

    Bill-Murray-Caddyshack

  • When your dog feels ill:

    hyperventilating

  • The entire potty training process:

    too-much

  • When your dog gets mad about your steak dinner:

    mad-sorry

  • When your neighbors don’t like your dog:

    deal-wit-it

  • When you buy your dog an expensive toy, and he chews The cord off of something:

    bummed

  • That one rare day your dog doesn’t care that you’ve been gone for eight hours:

    rejection

  • Even though you expect a new puppy to have an accident, you still react like this when he or she has an accident:

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  • Talking to your dog like he understands, and feeling like this when he doesn’t:

    kristen-stewart-sad

Did I miss one? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

 

 

Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood, Illinois

 

(I’d like to thank reactiongifs.com for providing the wonderful reactions to the silly things dogs do!)

 

Everything You Need to Know About Getting a New Dog [Part 1 of 4]

The decision to get a dog is a simple one for most people, you either love dogs and want one in your family, or you don’t. The tricky part is selecting dog breed and getting everyone in the household to agree on what they want from their new companion.

So, this inspired a four-post series on getting a new dog and everything you need to know to get started. Today’s post will cover how to determine if you’re ready to get a dog. Next week’s posts will cover choosing the right breed for YOU, and part three will cover how to compromise on a breed with others. Part four is a big, fat surprise!

Before getting a dog you need to be sure that you’re ready for the responsibility that comes along with it. Think of the end of the movie Aladdin, when Jafar wants to become a Genie for the power.

At first, he’s like “Great Idea!”

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And then, the responsibilities catch up with him, and it ends up a disaster.

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Yeah, getting a dog is kind of like that.

So, how can you be sure you’re ready? You have to ask yourself a few questions first, and the answers will tell you whether you’re ready for a new pup or not.

Can you afford a dog?

Not simply, can you purchase the dog… but can you afford to give him a good life?  A dog is an awful lot like a child, and medical expenses can come out of nowhere. Make sure you have enough savings, and a steady income that will always provide your pooch with what he needs.

Do you have “itty bitty living space” like Jafar’s lamp?

Make sure you have enough room inside the home and in the yard. A tiny apartment might be okay for a Teacup Poodle, but certainly not a Golden Retriever or Rottweiler.

Is Your Abode Safe and Dog Appropriate?

In addition to size, you need to be careful of things dogs can get into. They’re not like cats, they won’t avoid something that is dangerous for them; dogs eat things. I repeat: Dogs. Eat. Things.

Be sure everything is out of the way, use bitter apple spray on cords, and look into the materials used to build your home or apartment. For example, ask someone to inspect the paint on your walls. If you have an older house that still has lead paint, you’ll either need to correct that or watch your dog like a hawk. You never want your dog to scratch paint or lead paint off walls, and risk ingesting it.

What are your limitations?

Do you dislike the idea of walking daily, or, do you find that you get irritated easily? When your pooch needs something, and you don’t want to do it, you can’t take it out on the dog. Be sure you’re ready to handle the care and maintenance of a dog. Your reward? Unconditional love.

If you feel that you’re ready for a dog after this post, then I warmly welcome you to the world of being a discerning pet owner. Congratulations on your decision to give and receive the uninterrupted bliss that is loving a canine.

Check back on Monday for more help, as the next part will help you select your dog breed!

 

Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood, Illinois

 

 

[Jafar Gif Courtesy of http://andthenthingsgotfunny.tumblr.com/]

Common Questions and Coping with Pet Loss Part 1

When you make the decision to euthanize an old or suffering animal, it’s never easy. Even though it’s for the best, and you’re doing the humane thing, it’s often hard. Although nothing can make it easy, understanding the process and your pet’s perspective may help ease the pain and guilt, even if just a bit.

Common Questions about Pet Loss

  • How do I Know Euthanizing My Pet Is the Right Thing to Do?
    Some pet owners are unsure when it is appropriate to euthanize a loved pet; they wonder, “How do I know this is the right decision?” Well, the answer is simple, visit the vet! Ask a veterinarian for a professional opinion. However, ultimately, it’s your decision. If your pet is in pain and can’t sleep or live happily, and if there is no remedy or cure for his ailments, it’s time to let him move on.
  • What Happens When The Vet Euthanizes My Pet?
    Many people wonder exactly what happens during the euthanasia process. Veterinarians are adept at making animals comfortable and not scared; your pet will simply think he is going to sleep. This is a very gentle and humane death. This is a two-step process, though. First, the veterinarian will administer a calming sedative, putting the animal to sleep. After that, the vet injects a medication that will end the life in a quiet and painless way. The animal does not know his life is ending and there is no suffering. This is the best love you can give to your pet when he can no longer live a happy and pain-free life. 
  • Should I Adopt Another Pet For The Family?
    There are many different opinions on the idea of getting another pet after the loss of one.  Though this seems like a great way to heal and move on, it can cause confusion. You must give yourself time to heal; otherwise, you could end up resenting your pet and thinking of him as a replacement, which is completely unfair to the pet.

 

Check Back on Monday for the Follow-up to this post in a two-post session on pet loss.

Adorable Animal Photos to Improve Work Performance

According to the Wall Street Journal, employees who peruse pictures of cute animals at work actually perform better at their tasks. The benefits of looking at these heart-melting photos outweigh the wasted time it takes to view them. The study shows that almost half of the tested groups performed better after viewing photos of cute animals.

 What’s even better is, The Huffington Post UK recently addressed the same article, while adding forty pictures of cute animals to help you focus on your tasks at hand. To celebrate the best slacking excuse ever, I’ll highlight a few of my favorites

 

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*All Photos Courtesy of The Huffington Post UK

Cats Living & Coexisting With Dogs

Millions of movies and television programs give us the impression that dogs and cats mutually dislike each other. How true is this perception? Is this a rivalry or simply nature?
The answers all depend on behavior of the animals. Dogs instinctively chase smaller species because they are a predatory species, but owners can train dogs to reside well with other animals. Cats naturally get defensive over everything, so an animal three times its size is sure to upset them.
If you have a feline-canine combo, it is possible to have a happy home in which they live in synergy. The key is the introduction; slowly warm the animals up to each other in comfortable environments.

Introduction Tips:

•    Choose an ideal location for the first meeting. It may be best to have them meet outside of the home, to avoid territorial behavior.
•    At first, you will want to keep the animals separated. Allow one to have his freedom to explore and smell the other animal, while the other is contained for safety.
•    Once they seem to get along a bit better, allow them both liberties with supervision until you trust them together.

Warning Signs:

•    If one has fixated their eyes on the other without budging, they may intend to pounce. In this situation it’s best to separate them and try later
•    If the dog lunges or makes a move, they will most likely never get along.
•    If the cat is hissing or growling at the dog, try again on another day. Cats are moody and it may not be anything against the dog. However, if the cat hisses at other dogs and hisses often, then it will not work out.
•    If either animal stops eating or using the bathroom in their normal habitats

 

BuzzFeed recently posted these photos, proving that with the right love

and introduction felines and canines can coexist in perfect harmony.

[Photos Courtesy of BuzzFeed- 20 Cats And Dogs Hugging It Out]

Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, IL