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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Reasons to Rescue a Shelter Cat

rescue cats in naperville Six-to-eight million dogs and cats enter animal shelters annually. Almost half of them are euthanized, due to overpopulation.  Of these three-to-four million euthanized animals, about 70% are felines.

Stand-up comedian Pete Holmes puts it best when he expresses why more people prefer dogs to cats. He explains that you have to earn your love with your cats, and dogs love you, “but, they’d also love a bag of sticks with your T-shirt on it.” This means more kitties are left in shelters than doggies, and so the number for feline euthanasia is higher. If you feel you need a new companion, fight to suppress the urge for the cutest newborn kitten you can find. Instead, rescue a cat.  [Read more…]

5 Websites Every Animal Lover Needs to Visit

funny animal blogs and picturesAnimal lovers usually bond quickly, over the mutual understanding and respect for all living things. Many people create bonds in communities and forums online, and it just gets crazy from there. 

We all know that nobody is safe from the internet, not even cute, furry animals. Especially household pets.

Over the past few years, there have been some major additions to the time-wasting pet-oriented websites, and it couldn’t be better. From old to new, check out some of the most ridiculous, unnecessary, yet awesome animal websites! [Read more…]

From Tragedy to Courage – The Story of a Strong Yorkie Who Beat the Odds!

It’s safe to say I’m not alone in thinking that the news has been filled with depressing tragedies lately. If it’s not an incredibly sad story, its’ a celebrity who gets paid way more than me to act like they were raised by wolves (*cough Miley *cough). We need some good news, and luckily I have some to share. [Read more…]

Why You Should Leave Your Pets with a Professional Sitter & Not a Neighbor!

10731985_SNot interested in taking good care of your pet?  If that’s the case, then go ahead and follow the poor advice from Chase Bank, as seen on the Shorewood Patch! I cringed at the sight of the title, as an animal lover and not as a pet-sitter; anyone who cares for animals would feel disturbed by such haphazard advice. [Read more…]

Grooming Your Puppy: All About Bathtime and Nail Clipping!

5479762820_cd186734e5_zWhen you first get a puppy, you’re usually focused on making vet appointments and getting all the new supplies. Make sure you pick up a set of foolproof puppy nail clippers, a dog brush, and sensitive doggy shampoo. With puppies, you should handle the grooming on your own and here is why… [Read more…]

5 Awesome Tips for Potty Training [Continued from Last Week]

My last post covered advice on how to get the most out of your potty training. Today, I’ll go a bit further into that with a few tricks I’ve learned in my time.

5 Tips to Help Make Potty Training Easy

1.       You’ll need to crate –train your pooch, it’s the perfect method for potty-training and many pet owners swear by this method. You obtain  the perfect sized crate by finding one that your dog can stand up and turn around in comfortably. Be sure you don’t get a crate that’s too big or it won’t work. Puppies don’t like to use the bathroom in the same area that they sleep in, so this is how they learn to hold it. Take your puppy to the bathroom every time you let him out of the cage so that he gets used to going outside.

2.       Make a set schedule and adhere to it. Get your dog on a strict routine, and he’ll begin to understand when potty time is, and then wait for that.

3.       Make communication easy. Always ring a bell when you take the dog out, and then leave some jingle bells nearby the play area. Your puppy will eventually associate the noise with bathroom time, and will jingle them to let you know it’s time!

4.       Hand accidents correctly, never punish your pup for going to the bathroom in the house- just correct the behavior while it’s happening.

Products like Potty Patch and Bio Dog are great for emergencies.
 

A Quick Note on Potty Training Dogs in Apartment Buildings

Potty training a puppy isn't the same every time, so even if you're experienced with pets, you should still do a bit of research and form a plan. Puppies are like snowflakes or fingerprints; some are alike, but no two are identical. Each puppy comes with his own set of variables, like socialization, home size, breed, and of course their personality. For example, Yorkies and Chihuahuas can take longer to train because they're so independent and intelligent.

Potty training a dog in an apartment is a lot different from a doing it inside of a big home, especially if your abode is a few floors up. You’ll need a few supplies and a lot of patience, but it is possible to have a perfectly trained, housebroken pup inside of an apartment building.

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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:

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  • 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!)

 

Compromising on Dog Breed – Getting a New Puppy [Part 3 of 4]

In the last post, I covered choosing the best dog for you, but that’s only good for those bachelors and bachelorettes out there. When you have a significant other, or a family to appease, you have to consider what you’re willing to compromise on.

So the kids want a big dog, but maybe you had your heart on a small breed- what can you do?

Try showing them some pictures like this….

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If that doesn’t work, you’re going to have to do some research.

It’s actually pretty easy, all you have to do is ask yourself WHY you want said dog. Head back to part two, and remember the questions you asked yourself. Maybe you want a small dog for close companionship, or maybe your goal is to have a dog that lives as long as possible.

Everyone should write a list on the most important qualities in a dog, and what features they can give up. Although dogs are adorable, simply picking the cutest might not be the best.

Go back to pedigree.com and fill out the form, with everyone involved. If you can’t get everyone to agree, mention that now might not be the best time to get a dog, and I promise… attitudes will change. It’s a completely new perspective when you realize that you’re considering what’s best for your pets and your family.

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