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:

    Animation3

  • 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:

    horg

  • 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!”

new puppy and adult dog walker and sitter in Joliet IL

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

dog walking blog in plainfield IL

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/]

Pet Owner Responsibility – Financial Care & Finding Sitters For Vacations

We all know and love this adorable Microsoft commercial. A young boy admirably tries to convince his parents to get a dog with a power-point presentation. They immediately say yes, probably because it was scripted, but the idea is that they were so moved by the presentation that they simply said yes. The boy’s presentation had only three compelling reasons for getting a new friend- the parents stopped considering all options, and though this is media, it’s not far from reality. Think about it, if you’ve wanted a dog for ten years and your adorable kid starts begging you for one- it is not going to take much to get you to agree.

 
What you should realize is, that having a pet like a dog or a cat is just as much work as having a baby. Okay, so… potty training is easier and cheaper on an animal, but that’s about it. You need to consider more than just Microsoft Boy’s bullet points. He mentions protection, safety, and responsibility. However, the most important thing to realize is that responsibility is the priority in the hierarchy of pet-care. Responsibility is far more than simply caring for the pet; it means that you need to be accountable enough to refrain from adopting a pet if you cannot provide the pet with the best life possible.

This means more than proper bathing, feeding, and exercising as well. When crunching your numbers to see if a pet can fit into your budget… remember to factor in emergency vet visits, vacation sitting, and obedience school.

Another huge thing to consider is how many people are in your home daily, if all parties are out of the house at the same time, it may not be such a great idea. Just because your boss keeps you locked in a room for forty hours a week doesn’t mean you should extend that punishment onto your new friend.

Cesar Millan, dog whisperer, gives great advice on why dogs may act out. This applies to most pets actually, because as Cesar puts it- they get bored. Don’t be Brutus, take Cesar’s side.

So many times people have come to me, worried because their dog has picked up an aggravating habit. Maybe he’s chewing the carpet, or racing in circles around the house, or showing surprising aggression. And so often the answer is the same: Your dog is getting bored—he wants something to do. Dogs aren’t born expecting to be waited on hand and foot, with meals produced whenever they are hungry; no creature in the animal world is. In the wild—from the time they are babies—dogs have to work for their food. They have to hunt it down or go hungry. I like to tell people that in Mexico, where I am from, the dogs are thin but they don’t have psychological problems. Dogs have been bred over the centuries for different jobs—from rounding up cattle to hunting to hauling. When their natural instinct is denied, they become frustrated, and that is when they start to show signs of aggressive behavior. So do what your dog asks and give him a job. Put a pack on his back when you go for walks or create obstacle courses so he can put his scent-tracking abilities to good use. You’ll see right away how happy it makes him.”

Read more: http://www.cesarsway.com/magazine/5-things-that-drive-us-crazy#ixzz2Jg2zCMgj

Animals deserve and need attention just as much as humans do, so ensure that someone is able to provide that daily. I love all of my clients because they are showing me that they are responsible pet owners, who do not leave animals alone.