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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dog Safety over Hanukkah

5 Safety Tips For Hanukkah

December 21, 2011

It’s crazy right now, have you been to the mall? Absolutely nuts! As we prepare to ring in the holidays, we are bombarded with making plans to see family, buy gifts, and celebrate. Hanukkah started last night and will last for 7 more days. During this time, it’s important to remember to keep our pets safe from harmful items and food.
Here are 5 tips to avoid the emergency vet and have a peaceful and calm Hanukkah:
1: Sufganiyot – Otherwise known as doughnuts, are filled with artificial sugars, jelly, and heavy on fat and calories. They are a wonderfully delicious treat for us but can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased appetites in our pets. Be very careful to not let your canine buddy get any of these doughnuts and make sure your cat isn’t counter surfing and licking up any ingredients that are laying about in the sink.
2: Latkes – They are savory and taste amazing but they have onion in them. Onions can cause anemia in dogs and cats and are dangerous for them to ingest. Also, the fried oil, sour cream, and other ingredients used to make them can make your dog and cat’s digestive system extremely upset.
3: Chocolate coins – This is a traditional candy that children receive each year and they are wrapped in shiny gold and silver foil. The foil, chocolate, and netting that they come in can be dangerous for your pets. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine. Dogs cannot digest these two ingredients well at all and in extreme cases it can be fatal. If your pet eats and swallows the foil and net bag, they can experience extremely uncomfortable bowel movements and may end up having blockages in extreme cases. Keep these away from your pets.
4: Dreidels – They look like toys to dogs. Cats may smack them a little and then leave them alone but dogs might think they are a toy for them and pick them up in their mouths. If your dog swallows a dreidel or other small objects, it could cause blockages in their digestive tracts. Keep these and other game pieces out of reach of your pet and small children.
5: The Menorah – This is an essential symbol for Hanukkah. The candles that are lit as each night passes can pose a danger if you have a pet that leaps, bounds, and runs around the house. The menorah could fall over or your pet might singe their fur sniffing it. Keep the menorah high and away from where your pet can reach it. Make sure it’s on a stand or stable surface so if your dog comes galloping into the room, s/he doesn’t shake it off and risk starting a fire.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah!

Tonight the puppies and their owners light the first candle of Hanukkah to commemorate the miracle of the temple oil.  To all Jewish souls: have a safe, happy holiday.  Yom Tov x 8!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Keep Your Dog Safe on Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

‘Tis the season for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.
Check out the following tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too.
Talkin’ Turkey
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don't offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.
Sage Advice
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.
No Bread Dough
Don't spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.
Don't Let Them Eat Cake
If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
Too Much of a Good Thing
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don't allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.
A Feast Fit for a Kong
While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's a rainy November day but they doggies could care less.  Here Cleo the Great Dane and Phineas the terrier touch bases.... no: noses!

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

A day at The Doggie Den is full of goings out and comings in.  Very busy.  And each one has to do it his or her way.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

PixieTurns1 Year Old!

Had to track Pixie down to get her to her own party but she kind of enjoyed it once she got started.  Just didn't like the idea of competing for her ice cream!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sam Shares His 5th Birthday with his Puppypals

Can you believe how generous this little guy is with his birthday treat??

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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Dog Days of August

August is a time when we love being outdoors with our dogs: on the beach, in the park, on our boat,  in the yard, by the lake... wherever recreation can be had.   Here are some things to remember while soaking up this last month of summer:

When they first go out, dogs don't always realize how hot it is.  They want to run amidst all the wonderful scents of high summer.  Pace your dog when it's hot even if he's overly eager at first.  If he gets too hot and cannot expell all the excess through panting, he may get heatstroke.  Symptoms of heat stroke are lethargy, dry panting or shallow breathing, shaking, and convulsions.  If you suspect your dog has heatstroke, wrap him in a damp, cool (NOT COLD) towel and get him to the nearest veterinarian quickly.

Along with exercising your pup, take time to rest in the shade.  On hot days alternate 10 minutes of exercise with 15 minutes of rest.  Better yet, rest in the shade during the heat of the day and exercise with your dog at in the early morning and evening when it's cooler.

There's nothing about beaches that dogs don't love.  Be careful she doesn't eat the marine life, though.  To her it smells like a feast, but some forms of sea life are toxic to dogs.  And if she goes near rotting fish, she'll likely roll in it and think she's in heaven!

Boat owners love taking their dogs out on the water and the dogs seem to enjoy it too.  Make sure he has shade to lie in somewhere on deck.   In a rowboat a blanket under a seat works fine.  ALWAYS use a life preserver designed for dogs, and keep your dog on a leash.  Dog safety on boats is a lot like child safety - they can never be unsupervised.


                                         Your friends at The Doggie Den wish you
                                                      the best summer ever.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun

Duggy the golden and Sophie the lab have a THING goin' on!

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Baby it's COOL inside

Dog days of summer out there but inside The Doggie Den it's cool enough for ACTION!

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Duggy's Morning Towel Trick

Duggy the golden retriever has a towel from home that smells familiar and comfy.  And does he know how to work it!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sweet June Birthday

Zack is the elder of our golden retriever pups.  He's the sweetest, gentlest guy EVER.    We just adore cuddling him and he reciprocates by rolling onto his back for more belly rubs.  Today we celebrated Zack's 10th birthday!   And he's been coming to The Doggie Den for almost that long.  We remember what a heart-breaker of a puppy he was (sigh!).

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Keep your dog safe this summer!

Six Tips for a Pet-Safe Summer

The last days of May signal the unofficial start of summer for folks, young and old, across the country. But with these carefree months of no homework and summer Fridays comes an increased risk for illness or injury for our furry pals.

From unpredictable weather to unusual routines, our animals are exposed to all sorts of hazards during June, July and August, and your pet is counting on you to keep him safe. Check out our top six tips for keeping your animal secure all summer long.

- Give your pet access to plenty of fresh water at all times. Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat. Summer Smart: Seasonal Hazards and Your Pet
- Avoid lathering your pet with any insect repellent or sunscreen not intended for the four-legged kind.
- Keep your pet away from matches, citronella candles and lighter fluid, which if eaten can irritate the stomach, lungs and central nervous system.
- Be cool near the pool. Don't leave pets unsupervised around a pool, lake or high waters-not all dogs are expert swimmers!
- Never leave your dog, cat or any other animal friend alone in a car! The inside of a car can heat up very quickly-even with a window open.
- Be prepared! From tornadoes to floods, we've seen the devastation severe weather has brought to pets and their families these past few weeks. Develop an evacuation plan well ahead of time in case you're forced from your home in an emergency.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Chosing the Right Doggy Daycare

You may be really busy some days. You could be planning an event in your home not suitable for your dog to attend. You might have to work late. It just does not seem to you right that your dog should suffer for your situation. What is the solution? It could be a private dog walker or sitter. It could also be to place your canine in Doggy Day Care.

What Is Doggy Day Care ?

Doggy Day Care is the canine equivalent of kiddie day care. You enroll your doggy. You then drop him or her off in to care of the doggy day care facility. You can leave him or her there for a set amount of time. This depends upon your situation and the hours set by the doggy day care.
In this safe environment, your dog can play. He or she can make new friends - school buddies. Doggy Day Care is a great place to socialize. It relieves you of the guilt of not being able to walk the dog or play with him or her at some times. You are being a responsible owner. You are providing your dog with an alternative. Doggy day care is a solution to your problem and can be great fun for your dog.

How To Find And What To Look For

Doggy day cares are not difficult to find. They advertise. They are in telephone directories. You can also ask about them from friends with dogs and fellow doggy park walkers. There may be a posting at your vet’s or your vet may recommend or know of 1 or 2 operations.
Listening to all suggestions does not merely tell you the location.  It is also a tool in finding the right doggy care for you and your pet.
• Ask your friends who they use and why. Get their opinion on the facilities, the people who operate it and the employees.
•  Pay a visit to the doggy day care when it is in operation. You need to check out the facilities and talk to the employees.
•  See if the facilities are roomy and clean.
• Do the dogs have enough supervision? Are there enough employees for the amount of dogs? Do they supervise or let the dogs do as they please? What seems to be their philosophy of dog handling?
•  Are there enough toys, water bowls and other items to serve the dogs?
•  Does the doggy day care ask the right questions? Do they demand that all dogs have certification of their shots - up to date, of course?
•  Do they ask you for clear instructions? Do they understand what you expect and can they deliver it?
•  Does the doggy day care ask for specific information on you and your dog? Do they know the number of your vet, your emergency number and any other pertinent information?
•  Do the employees care about the animals and deal firmly with bullies and aggressive animals.
Before you enroll your favorite dog, you need to ask all these questions. You also need to visit the establishment a couple of times. Only then can you make a decision that this is the doggy day care for your dog.

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Happy Birthday Quincy!

Our cutest Westie loved his birthday treat, but he did decide it was ok to share with his pals Peso and Cosmo (who were most appreciative).

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Dog Day Afternoon

Oh for the life of a dog who goes to daycare!  How did you spend your afternoon??

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Meet Ericka our new Daycare Supervisor

Ericka came to us from another MA dog daycare where she only worked part time.  We're delighted to have her at The Doggie Den as a full time daycare supervisor.  The pups love her ... and she gets them to listen!!  Watch her give Peso his treat for his 6th birthday.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Luck o'the Irish from a Maltese

Duke came to school dressed to party today!  He was fine with the Irish sweater, but the hat was too much.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Morning Madness at The Doggie Den

When the dogs arrive for playime in the morning, they're full of beans!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

TrainingTip: No Free Lunch!

As a part of basic doggie manners I teach all my clients doggie and human the importance of the Nothing In Life is Free (NILF) protocol.  Basically the dog sits (or whatever other behaviour you like) in exchange for a reward, resource, valuable article whatever you want to call it. I look that this as being the dog saying "please" for his dinner, to go outside, for affection, to get his leash on, for a cookie, to play a game like retrieve or tug. It's just good manners and it instills not only polite, calm manners in your dog, it also a great, non-aversive way for the human in the partnership to be considered the one in charge.

One of the most valuable things to teach a dog within the NILF program is to "Wait" at an open door until released by a verbal cue.

This from a politeness point of view alone should be enough to want to teach it, but let me make it a little more enticing for you. How about safety, yours and the dog's?

I have four dogs and going for a walk it a highly valued resource for them (as it is for most dogs but with four, large canine pals, well that's 16 legs, plus mine and a combined weight at the door of over 300 lbs not including mine, wanting to get out into the great beyond). So it's dangerous for me in a very big way.

My front door leads right into our street (doesn't yours), which means that any dogs who plough past me through the door will go right out onto the road (albeit not a busy one, but it only takes one car right). So it's dangerous for the dogs.

To teach the "Wait", leash your dog (one at a time if you have more than one dog, kennel the other dogs) and go to the door. Saying nothing at all, wait for your dog to default to a sit, all you need to do is wait which will be difficult for you as being human we just love to talk, but don't, just be silent and wait.

When the dog sits (ignore any and all other behaviour) move your hand to the door knob, your dog will likely get up, so take your hand away from the door knob and again wait for the sit.

When you get the sit, hand goes to the door knob, remove hand everytime the dog breaks the sit. Once you are able to put your hand on the knob, trying opening the door a crack. Your dog will probably get up again from the sit, close the door and wait for the sit again.

Repeat over and over again, opening the door only a crack at first so you can easily close it if the dog breaks the sit and you won't catch Fido's nose or paw in the door.

The object is to get the door all the way open and then use your release cue to allow the dog out of the sit and through the door way.

Just a refresher - your release cue is the cue/phrase that you use after your dog provides you with a requested behaviour such as a sit. It lets the dog know that he is no longer on your time, there's nothing worse than a dog who does the sit and then walks away as he warrants. My guys have all been taught a formal stay but they also know that when asked for a sit or lay down, they stay in the requested position until I say "all done". Your cue could be "all done", "ok", "that'll do" or "banana cream pie", dogs don't speak english to say what you want, just make sure you say it and say it consistently.

It doesn't matter if you go through the door first, the dog does or you go through together, what matters is that the dog doesn't go through until you give the release cue.

Now both you and your dog's are safe, plus they are well mannered and calm.

Reprinted from Canine Minds and Manners Calgary Dog Training, a blog by Kirsten Rose, Certified Professional Dog Trainer

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Shiloh and the Gang Celebrate

Shiloh the yellow lab had a lot of ummmm.... participation? with her birthday treat.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Puppy House Training

House training will most likely be one of the first tasks you will tackle when bringing a new puppy home. House training a puppy has a similar structure to potty training a child, although there are some instances that can appear well after the basic ideas of house training have been learned. Basic house training is all about establishing an allowable “dog toilet” area for your pet. This may need to be reinforced should submissive wetting and marking occur. Submissive wetting is urination occurring upon greeting, disciplining or high excitement; during puberty some dogs, male or female, will mark their territory.

House Training:

House training should only take approximately two weeks to establish as a routine provided. The process will go quickly if you are consistent and committed, prepared to train right away, and maintain a schedule. Retraining a previously trained dog can take up to six weeks.

Before you get started, have your puppy checked by a vet as soon as possible. A check-up can tell if your pup has any medical conditions or complications that make house training more difficult. Situations such as intestinal upset, intestinal parasites and urinary tract infections can make house training difficult to impossible.

The designated toilet area can be as general as outside of the house or as specific as a particular corner of the backyard. A specific plan should be set up in advance; you can't teach the dog what is acceptable if you're not sure yourself.

Your attitude is very important in training. The dog doesn't know what is wrong, so if there is an accident tell them "no" but don't be too severe with discipline. There needs to be a balance for the training to be successful. When the dog has gone in your designated area, praise them and let them know they did well.


Create a schedule that is practical for you to maintain. If you can't stick to your schedule, your dog can't be expected to, either. Do not let your dog free feed until house training has been established.

Try to avoid giving too many dog snacks or dog foods that may upset your pet's stomach. Set a bed time and wake-up time for your dog (this also includes naps); the closer you stick to this, the less nighttime accidents there will be. You should always let the dog out after waking up and before bed. The dog may also need to go out after situations where it may be badly scared or wound up after a rowdy play session.

Within two to three days most dogs will be able to keep control for 8 hour intervals at night, but keep your daytime schedule flexible.

Supervise in the House:

You can avoid accidents by knowing where your dog is and what he is doing around the house. If play abruptly stops and you notice that he starts looking for a "good spot" then he needs to go. If an accident does happen, firmly but quietly say "No" - don't yell, then take the dog straight to his bathroom area. You need to pay attention to your dog until they have significant bladder and bowel control.

If you can't supervise the dog for a period of time, put the dog in a confinement area prepared with papers, or confine him to the room where you are. Try to keep the dog with you when you're watching TV or on the computer.

When you can't be with your dog, provide the same confined room with papers. Don't leave food or water in the room or give them too many dog treats. Try to feed your dog two hours before you leave so he has time to digest and go before you leave. Don't leave the dog unattended, without water, or unable to relieve itself for more than 8 hours.

Taking the dog out:

Take your pet on dog leash to the designated "toilet area." Stand quietly so that the dog can find the right spot without being distracted. Do not praise the dog during his search. If after about five minutes your dog hasn't gone to the bathroom, return him to the house, but keep an eye on him; after half an hour try again.

As the dog starts to relieve himself; calmly praise him. When the dog has finished relieving himself, praise him more enthusiastically, letting him know that you are very proud of him.

Remember your dog's routine. Some dogs will go two or three times per outing in the morning, but only twice per outing in the evening. Urination is often followed by defecation, while some dogs will do the reverse.

Even if the weather is bad, don't let your dog know that you don't want to be going outside with him. This will teach the dog that even in bad weather he needs to go outside.

Catching the dog "in the act":

Without yelling, firmly say "No." If you still don't have the dog's attention, clap your hands. Get the dog outside, to the designated bathroom area. If the dog relieves himself outside praise him. Proceed with the general routine.

It's important to use a cleanser with a deodorizer, if the dog smells his own scent as having been used as a bathroom area, the dog will continue to use the area. Here's a helpful tip - If the cleanser is not able to eliminate enough of the scent so that the dog can not detect it, you can help mask the scent over with vanilla extract. Just one or two drops will make it impossible for the dog to smell any lingering odor.

If you find a mess after the fact:

Don't punish the dog. Accept the fact that you were not paying attention. Don't show the dog that you are upset. Calmly put the dog on his leash and bring him to the location of the accident. With the dog at your side, firmly scold the accident; do not scold the dog.

Blot up some urine, or pick up some stool with a piece of paper and take it to the designated bathroom area. Place the paper on the ground and with the dog watching praise the potty for being in the "right" place. Temporarily leave the paper there; remove it when the dog isn't watching.

Clean up the remaining mess in the house as outlined above.
Reprinted from dog.com website

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