Archive for September, 2009

Basic Canine Hygiene

Posted on September 28, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: |

Tonight I wanted to give a couple tips on basic Canine hygiene, just  a couple real easy tips to remember.

1.) Keep your pets nails trimmed.  Each nail has a “quick” or vein that runs through it.  If you dont keep the nails trimmed to the “quick”  it will actually grow longer with the nail.  If the “quick” gets too long, you wont be able to trim the nails back as far.  Keeping the nails short and clean helps to prevent difficulty in walking for your pet, as well as protecting your floors.

2.) There is no need to bathe your pet more than once a month.  Often times you don’t even need to do it that often.  Bathing too often can cause dry skin and irritation.  Use a shampoo that has aloe and oatmeal to soothe the skin.

3.) Brushing your pets teeth, while difficult can be important for their health.  If you can train your dog or cat for that matter to accept it, it could help to prevent gum disease as well as helping keeping you from needing to get a dental done at your local vet.  They can cost anywhere from $300-$500 .

4.) If you have a dog prone to ear infections, clean their ears weekly with a product like Epi-Otic.  It will work great for keeping their ears clean and gunk free if done regularly.

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How amazing is this?

Posted on September 24, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call |

Another email I received…this is amazing, so adorable.

FRIENDS FOREVER……….. The orangutan was in a rescue and not doing well. This old hound wandered in absolutely emaciated and the orangutan snapped to like his buddy had arrived. He stayed with the hound night and day until he was well and in the whole scenario, found a reason to live. They are now inseparable.



Suryia and Roscoe – Best Of Friends Where you lead, I will follow…best friends Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the Blue Tick hound.


 Doggy paddle’s the order of the day here for the couple who live at the Tigers sanctuary in Myrtle Beach , South Carolina .


Suryia and Roscoe spend hours together every day – they’re particularly keen on swimming.


 The two mates see the funny side of most things.


 There’s always time to chill.


For once, Roscoe’s letting it all hang out.


 The three-year-old orangutan goes everywhere with Roscoe.


 A dog’s not just a man’s best friend, he’s an orangutan’s too.

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The best pet for your little one.

Posted on September 22, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , , , , |

Every parent at some point will probably be faced with the question, “Can we get a pet?”.  I thought this week I would give some ideas for “first” pets for your little ones.

As a first pet for kids I recommend something that doesn’t need constant attention.  hamsters, Rats, Mice, Fish are all great options.  The kids get the responsibility of feeding and cleaning up after the pet, but if they don’t interface with them daily, the pets do just fine.  If you are thinking rodents, stay away from ferrets and chinchillas for first time pets, they require more attention and have special needs that even adults need to look into before getting one.

Reptiles are an option as well, but you will have to do your research on the heat they need and you may have to feed live insects or rodents to your reptile pet.  If you are not up for this or don’t want your kids watching snakes kill mice, this is probably not the best idea.

Cats are an option if you the parent are able to take a more active role in caring for the pet.  Cats can be left alone for a couple days and are fairly easy to maintain.  Take into consideration however that cats can be sensitive to how rough they are handled, so if you have a smaller child, they may be a little rough for a cat.  The cost of having a cat is not cheap with food, litter and vet bills, so consider that before bringing one home.

If you are a dog person, then getting one for your kid is a definite possibility.  Remember however that dogs need a lot of attention and can be high maintenance so only get one if you are willing to put the time into the training and behavior. Your child will not be able to take on the responsibility of a dog on their own, so be prepared for a lot of work on your part.   The wonderful thing about dogs is that they will attach to family members, so there is a good chance your new dog will attach to your child and even sleep in their room etc.  Like cats however, dogs can be expensive, only bring a dog into your home if you are ready for the financial responsibility.

For more tips on finding the perfect pet for your family, contact me at

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Puppies and chewing

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , |


My tip this week came to me because I have so many friends with puppies right now.  One of the hardest things to deal with when you have a puppy is chewing.  It is very important to make NOT chewing a large priority in your pets training.  The big reason for this is because of their health.  If a pet becomes a chewer, you run the risk of the pet getting sick with diarrhea and vomiting, or some severe an obstruction causing surgery to be a necessity.  As they get older, your pets teeth can break or be worn due to chewing causing potential infection.

The same problem goes for cats.  A particular problem for cats is ingestion of string, causing it to get wrapped up in their intestines and cause an obstruction.

To keep your pet from chewing establish the “leave it” command.  You can do this by using it in play time with tennis balls or other toys.  when they give up their toy, reinforce them.  This is very important.  This is a time when the “No” command can also be very important.  And if it means saving their health, a tap on the nose to get their attention is also accepted.

For questions on how to train this behavior or more pet tips email me at

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Does YOUR cat like water?

Posted on September 13, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: |

My uncle emailed me this , I thought it was great, and wanted to share it with everyone

A few thoughts on cat baths : by the cat


‘But You Said You Loved Me!’  


‘You will pay, as God is my witness, you will pay.’  


 you call this water warm???’  


‘I don’t think I like you anymore.’  


‘You Lied !!!!!!’  


‘E.T. Phone home……quick!’  


‘No, I’m not your Good Little Kitty anymore.’  


‘Traction….I’m losing Traction!’  


‘I want my Mommmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!’  


‘No, no, no, no…..NOOOO!!!!’  

Even if you’re not a ‘cat person’ these pictures are priceless!!



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Making Friends is Important

Posted on September 8, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: |


Tonight I went to a BBQ that basically turned into a puppy party.  I have a couple of friends with new puppies, so everyone wanted to come over and meet the new family members.  It dawned on me when we were there that this would be a great topic for my tip of the week.

I think it is so important to socialize your pets, there are however a few rules you need to follow to do it safely.

1.)  If you have an older dog that doesn’t get along with other dogs, they probably need to stay home.  You want the experience to be positive for all the animals involved.  Try working on your more aggressive dogs socialization one on one with other dogs, puppy parties are not the time.

2.)  Only invite dogs that you know are healthy and have been vaccinated.  By now, if you have been reading my blogs you probably know that my #1 huge rule is DO NOT BRING YOUR NEW PUPPY TO PUBLIC PLACES BEFORE THEY ARE FULLY VACCINATED, 4 MONTHS OLD, AND HAVE HAD AT LEAST 3 SETS OF SHOTS.

Here is where you can break this rule.  I think it is acceptable to bring your new puppy for socialization to friends houses.  Just make sure as previously stated that their dogs are healthy and vaccinated.

It is so healthy for them to start playing with other dogs of all ages.  Today we had from age 12 weeks to 10 years, and they were all playing, following each other around, playing tug of war, and exploring together.

Another huge plus for puppy parties…the dogs are usually exhausted after them.

For questions on how to socialize your pet, email me at

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