My guess is you have heard of Rover, WAG and Thumbtack. When you Google, “dog walking” or “pet sitting”, they appear at the top of the page – touting pet sitting, dog walking, and boarding services for lower than average rates. After talking with members of my community, many of them are using this service; however, is that really as good as it sounds? I like saving money and I’m sure you do too; however, there is a time and place for being thrifty.
Did you know that Rover, WAG and Thumbtack are NOT dog walking/pet sitting companies? Instead, they are tech apps that connect you with independent contractors offering pet care services. Now that you understand the distinction, below are a summary of four differences between Tailored Pet Services (TPS) and a tech app (TA). Continue Reading…
Kennels have hidden secrets which your furry friend can’t verbally tell you but physical signs are telling. Cowering when you pick them up, loss of appetite, new behaviors like barking or chewing, refusing to eat, and diarrhea indicate signs of stress.
The inside truth of kennel boarding is that sometimes Fido is not getting the care you were told they would receive. Kennels tours may be done during certain hours when employees know you will be there so they are on their best behavior and kennels are clean. Continue Reading…
As dog owners, there is just about nothing our beloved companions can do that will make us stop loving them including disobedience. If anything, their quirkiness and at times way too playful behavior can be endearing.
Still, you have to admit that dealing with a disobedient dog is frustrating. When they start causing a mess or just barking continuously, your patience can end up being pushed to the limit.
But why exactly do dogs misbehave and ignore our orders?
As it turns out, there are some valid explanations for why dogs tend to be disobedient every now and then. Let’s learn more about them below. Continue Reading…
While it’s certainly understandable why you want to keep your puppy isolated and away from any potential dangers, living a life alone is just not what dogs are used to. Every now and then, they need the company of their fellow hounds, which is why dog parks exist.
Regular visits to the dog park will be good for both you and your puppy. Check out the tips included in this article regarding how to ensure those trips to the dog park go smoothly.
Teach Your Puppy the Basic Commands
It’s important to manage your expectations when it comes to your puppy. Everything is still new to them so getting them to remember all the commands is not going to be easy.
For now, you should just focus your energy on drilling the most basic of the basic commands. Preventive Vet suggests teaching the essentials such as “come,” “leave it,” “look here,” and “sit.” As long as your puppy has a good grasp on those commands, you should feel more comfortable about heading off to the dog park.
Start Socializing before the Trip to the Dog Park
The goal for the upcoming trip to the park is to get your puppy used to being around other dogs, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be the first experience of that kind for your pet. It’s even recommended that you start socializing your puppy well before going to the park.
Ask some friends with dogs to come over or take your puppy to meet the neighbor’s dog. This type of dog training can be very beneficial before your visit to the park.
You run the risk of scaring your dog if the park serves as the first place where they get to socialize with others so make sure you get that out of the way first.
Protect Your Puppy against Ticks
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. With that in mind, you should strongly consider purchasing some preventive medication against ticks before taking your puppy to the park.
WebMD notes that you can purchase preventive tick medication in either pill form or a liquid that you can apply to the fur. Go with the one your pup is more comfortable with to keep him/her better protected prior to the big day.
Visiting dog parks can be intimidating for your puppy and for you too. It doesn’t have to be though. By prepping your pup the right way, you can significantly increase the chances that the trip to the park will be memorable for all the right reasons.
Do you want to further increase the odds of your puppy’s first trip to the dog park turning out well? We can help with that! Allow us at TAILored Pet Services to help by first calling 425-923-7791 or by heading over to our website.
Part of the reason why so many people love puppies is because they have a seemingly boundless well of energy to draw from when it comes to playtime.
Taking the time to play with the puppy yourself is a good move, but admittedly, it’s not the same as them having an actual playmate who also has four legs. That’s why many pet owners eventually think about taking their young pups to the nearby dog park.
Before making that trip though, you need to be certain that your puppy is ready. Listed below are the qualities that will determine if your puppy is ready for the dog park.
We all want to think that the dogs you’ll see at the park are perfectly healthy and capable of interacting with their fellow canines without issue.
Unfortunately, there are owners out there who haven’t fully vaccinated their pets. In some cases, their dogs may be sick, but because they aren’t outwardly showing any symptoms, their owners still bring them to the dog park anyway.
Exposing your puppy to those kinds of dogs is obviously risky, which is why it is essential for him/her to be fully vaccinated first. Preventive Vet suggests completing the puppy shot schedule first before taking your dog to the park.
That could take around 17 to 20 weeks to complete, but it’s well worth following for the sake of your pet.
Reacts to Basic Commands
Given his/her age, you can’t really fault your puppy for not following all of the commands you give. Still, he/she must be capable of at least understanding and reacting to them before you give the green light on a trip to the park.
You can never be 100 percent sure that things will go according to plan at the park. If some dogs get into a fight, you want to be able to keep your puppy safe even without the aid of a leash. Knowledge of basic commands will help with that.
The prospect of seeing your puppy get the chance to play with other dogs is exciting, but before you go full speed ahead on that plan, you have to be absolutely sure he/she is ready. If your puppy doesn’t possess all of the qualities mentioned in this article just yet, then hold off on that dog park visit for at least a little while.
Need some assistance during your puppy’s first trip to the dog park? We at TAILored Pet Services are more than happy to help out. Contact us to discover more tips to make that first visit as enjoyable as it can possibly be with some basic dog training.
The importance of socializing your puppy cannot be stated enough. As detailed in last week’s article, the effects of failing to socialize your puppy can have serious consequences. For example, Spot may not be open to interacting with other animals or other person besides from you.
But how do you socialize your dog?
The process is fairly straightforward, but also very involved. If you want Fido to grow up comfortable around others, you will need to invest the time.
The following are specific things to keep in mind as you are going through the socialization process. Continue Reading…
Puppies are naturally playful, curious, and of course, adorable. You’ll find all kinds of reasons to laugh and bust out your camera when you have a puppy at home. A puppy can also be naturally fearful, which is understandable considering many of the things he/she encounters are still new to him/her. Puppies tend to be particularly fearful of other animals or people. It’s fine for your puppy to act that way at first, but that behavior can be problematic long-term. Listed below are some of the major problems that can emerge if you don’t provide socialization for your puppy. Continue Reading…
If you have a full-time job, setting up a confinement area for your puppy is something you must do. Too many things can go wrong if a puppy is left to roam the home unsupervised and you do not want to take on that risk.
Of course, simply setting up a the area is not enough. You have to teach your puppy to like it as well. Otherwise, he/she may just constantly try to escape or make a mess whenever you leave home.
To find out how to teach your dog to like his/her confinement spot, please check out the tips included below. Continue Reading…
When working outside the home, building a puppy zone is something to consider. It can control the number of accidents while you’re away and keep him/her comfortable. Plus, the puppy zone can work as a good dog training spot.
Setting up a puppy zone for your own pup is easy. Included below are the essential items you will need to keep your puppy comfy and safe as you are away.
Bed or Alternative Rest Area
Since you’ll be out for the day, your dog is most likely going to spend the coming hours resting. Make dog more comfortable by adding a resting area for your dog.
Also remember to get a bed or resting area that your dog won’t just chew through. Continue Reading…
You will likely have to make changes to your home and to your routine. Plus, there may also be other things you have to do that you won’t be aware of until your baby has made it home.
If you have a pet dog at home, it will also help to take the time to prepare him/her for the arrival of a new family member. The good news is that you can start preparing your dog for the big change that’s about to happen months ahead of your due date.
By subjecting your pet to some important dog training, you can ensure that everyone inside your home will be ready to welcome your baby. Continue Reading…