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It can be very frustrating, every time you or someone opens the dog, your dog darts out. This can be dangerous for your dog and very stressful to you. You find yourself blocking the door every time a visitor enters your home and you worry about the dog getting out if someone opens the door and doesn’t realize that your dog’s a “runner.” Here are some ways to reduce or stop this behavior.

Look for and reward natural sitting behavior. If you walk into a room and your dog sits, then your job is half done. Reward your dog when it sits, even if you don’t issue the command to sit. Give your dog a treat when it sits in front of you

Begin issuing the “sit” command. After a few days of rewarding the dog for sitting naturally, begin issuing the “sit” command before giving a treat. Get on the dog’s level and hold a doggie treat enclosed in your hand a few inches from his nose. Bring it up and toward him slowly. Your dog will lower itself back onto its butt. When its butt hits the floor, reward your dog with a treat.

Reinforce sitting behavior with a clicker. A clicker is a small device which makes a clicking sound when pressed. Produce a clicker sound at the same time you tell your dog to “sit.” The dog will, in time, learn to associate the clicker sound with the behavior of sitting, and the reward he receives.

  • If your dog has already been trained with the clicker to engage in a different behavior, you might confuse the dog if you try to retrain it to sit instead of engage in its original behavior.

Train your dog to sit or stay when the door is open. If the door is open, or about to be opened, getting your dog to remain seated can be a challenge. Incorporate an open-door phase into your training sessions. Teach your dog to stay seated as you back away towards the door.[3]

  • Put your dog far away from (but within eyesight of) the door. If your dog starts moving after being seated, put your hand up and say sharply “Stop!” Re-seat your dog in its original spot and repeat the exercise.
  • If your dog has difficulty remaining seated, get a friend to help your dog stay seated while you can open and close the door.
  • When your dog is able to remain seated despite you opening and closing the door, give it a treat (even if it took help to keep him stationary). Get in the habit of giving your dog a treat each time it is able to remain seated when the door opens.
  • To prevent your dog from running out when you come home, repeat this exercise but enlist aid from a helper who opens the door from the outside. This way, your dog will know to stay seated when you come in.

Be patient when training your dog. Practice for 10-15 minutes in at least three different sessions each day for about two weeks. Different dogs learn at different rates. Do not be discouraged if your dog seems to be slow to learn how sitting works. On the other hand, do not be quick to assume that your dog has mastered sitting just because in one session he or she seemed to sit with every command during that session. Stick with it and stay positive. Your dog will eventually learn to sit.

Keep your dog focused. Like people, dogs can’t stay focused for periods which are excessively long. If your dog loses interest during the training session, your training may have gone on for too long. Let your dog go out before you begin the training so that he won’t have to relieve himself during the training.

  • Do not train your dog in the presence of guests or other distractions.
  • Issue the command to sit every time you or someone in the house opens the door.
  • Give your dog a treat when it sits.
  • Even after training, keep an eye on your dog. Sometimes the excitement of an open door or a new person can inspire him or her to dash outside. When entering your home, open the door slowly and come in quickly, staying alert for potential dog movement.

Thanks to wiki.com for providing this helpful information!

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Some Tips on Keeping Your Pet Safe in Summer

Saturday, June 23, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Summertime is here!  You will be spending more time outdoors with your pets. Summer holidays are a great time for cook outs, pool parties, picnics.  Make sure that summer is enjoyable for both you and your pet, you should be aware of various summertime hazards that can result in injury or illness to your pet. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe during the summer.

Outdoor threats – Always keep your pet on a leash when you leave your yard.  If your dog meets another dog, a fight could result, injuring both you and your dog.  Protect your dog from insects. Flies are everywhere in summer. If your dog has a cut or scratch, files could lay their eggs in his wound. The eggs will hatch in the form of maggots which will infest your dog. Always keep him clean and wash any cuts out regularly.

Table scraps – Never give your pet any leftover food from the barbecue. He could choke on the bones and scraps can cause gastrointestinal upset which can result in vomiting and diarrhea. Pets are  not used to the high fat content of foods commonly associated with picnics and cook outs.

Heat Illness – Do not over exercise your dog in the heat or never leave him in a hot car or in the sun. Always provide a cool bowl of water when you’re outside with him. Heat stroke can kill your dog very quickly.

Fish Hooks – If you take your dog fishing with you, watch out for the hooks. Your dog may like the bait on the hook and swallow both the hook and line. Also watch out that he doesn’t step on any hooks.

Water – Never let your pet drink for stagnant pools of water. This can cause serious gastrointestinal problems.

Be safe and have a great summer with your pet!

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Caring for Our Feral Feline Friends

Thursday, June 21, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

If you wonder about the lives of feral cats and feel that they are pests and should be removed, the article below prepared by feralfelines.net may change your mind. This is also how I feel about the treatment of feral ca

 

Feral cats are not socialized to people. Some have never had human contact; others are semi-tame cats who were once pets. Often, they live in loose associations known as “colonies,” are well adapted to their environment, and can live safely and contentedly in alleys, parking lots, vacant lots, backyards, and a host of other locations—urban, suburban, and rural.

Some people believe that feral cats lead short, miserable lives and that, for this reason, Trap/Neuter/Return programs should not be implemented. We disagree. Most any caregiver can attest that feral cats can lead long, healthy, happy lives.

And while feral and abandoned cats may face hardships, we don’t think death is better than a less-than-perfect life. Many animals, such as raccoons, foxes, and field mice face hardship and do not live extraordinarily long lives, yet we would never consider euthanizing them “for their own good.”

We believe that all animals deserve compassion and protection for their entire lives — no matter how long or short that might be.

If you’re aware of a feral cat colony, here are some guidelines for determining what their needs might be and for helping them.

Determining if a colony is being cared for. Veterinarians who spay or neuter cats from a feral colony usually snip off the tip of one ear (this is called “notching” or “tipping”). Unless you see clipped ears, you should assume the cats are not altered; and, certainly, if you see kittens in the colony, there are sure to be cats who need to be altered.

Spay/neuter is the single most important thing we can do to help feral cats and is the most humane and effective way to control their populations. Not only does spay/neuter prevent more kittens from being born, it also decreases behavior like spraying, fighting, howling, and roaming. In addition, it greatly improves the cats’ health.

Spay/neuter should take precedence over socializing and adopting. Even if you do not wish to feed and care for them, you should still have the cats altered and returned to their habitat.

For trapping instructions, see our “Humane Trapping” fact sheet.

Feeding the cats. Look for evidence that a colony is being cared for: food dishes, water bowls, or shelters. If no one seems to be feeding the cats, put food out once a day, preferably dry food. Leave it in as inconspicuous a place as possible: under shrubs, behind dumpsters, or near walls, where the cats can feed safely. Don’t forget fresh water!

Stick to a regular schedule if you can. Consistent feeding will make trapping easier.

Minimize the number of feeding stations. Fewer feeding stations means less work and less chance that the cats will be noticed. It also makes keeping an eye on the cats and monitor the colony for newcomers easier. Feed the cats in areas as secluded as possible, away from human activity.

Do not feed at night. Conflicts with nocturnal wildlife are one of the primary reasons neighbors complain about feral cat colonies, and daytime feeding reduces the chance of wild animals helping themselves to the cats’ food.

Keep feeding areas clean. Change the dishes when they get dirty, and pick up trash even if it isn’t yours. Don’t leave empty cans or large piles of food. Dry food is less messy than canned, and if you feed only dry food, canned food will be a more enticing treat, making trapping much easier.

Managing a Colony. Watch for new cats, and have them spayed or neutered right away.

Keep a low profile. “Out of sight, out of mind” is the motto of many feral cat caregivers. Be inconspicuous in your feeding and trapping activities. If someone notices what you’re doing and asks about it, explain that altering and feeding feral cats decreases their numbers quickly and humanely. Most people will be supportive.

Share responsibilities. Have friends, co-workers, family members, or other caregivers who will feed the cats one day a week or colony sit while you’re on vacation. Perhaps they can socialize a kitten or keep a cat for post-surgery recovery while you continue trapping. The more people who participate in caring for a colony, the better off the cats–and you–will be.

Resources

Local veterinarians: Ask if they can put you in touch with anyone else who is caring for ferals for advice and support. Do they have a humane trap you can borrow?

Humane societies: Do they offer free or low-cost spay/neuter? Or medical care if you find a sick or injured cat? They may have humane traps to borrow or a volunteer who can teach you how to trap.

Pet supply stores: Find out if they have humane traps to borrow, rent, or buy, or referrals to volunteers or local feral cat groups. Tell them what you are doing, and ask for cat food donations, or request permission to set up a donation bin where customers can deposit cat food they purchase at the store.

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Dogs and cats become very fearful of sudden loud noises and bangs. This could develop into a phobia triggered by the sound of fireworks.  Dogs will tremble and cats will stare fearfully or seek shelter in a closet or under a bed.  There are a number of things that could be done to ease the situation.

  1. Keep your animals safe and keep them indoors. Cats should be locked inside and you should walk your dog and give him some exercise before the fireworks start. You should have your pets micro chipped so if they do try to escape, they could be scanned and brought back to you.
  2. Close all doors to keep the noises out. Close the curtains to help muffle the sounds and keep the light out.
  3. Try and stay with your pet and keep as relaxed as possible. Do not yell at your pet for barking or showing signs of stress. You will certainly add to the problem if you do! Don’t make a fuss over your pet. Dogs and cats are very intuitive, they will sense that something is wrong.
  4. Try to provide a hide away place like a den.  It should have lots of soft bedding and blankets for your dog and a nice comfortable cat bed for your cat. Blankets can help absorb the sound. Cats like to get up high and be out of the way. My cat climbs on top of the refrigerator.  If possible try to leave them in a hiding place. They are best left there if this is what they choose, but try to remain quietly nearby if you can. Being there and being relaxed is a great help.

You may miss the fireworks but think of the great thing you did by keeping your pet safe and calming his nerves!

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My cat Molly who passed away in February left me with an emptiness that I continue to feel everyday. When I picked her up from under a car on a foggy, rainy October night 19 years ago, a very strong bond between us was established. She knew my every move and emotion. She was also very present meaning that wherever I was, she would be there with me. I miss her sitting with me on my lap every evening while reading or watching TV. I also miss her snuggling next to me when I turned in for the evening. I miss her licks and purrs. Although she was indifferent toward other people and downright did not like our other cat Millie, she was very special to me and that was fine.

Our Millie is also very special to us although she has a different personality than Millie. She is much more independent and likes to be alone. She is not a lap cat and doesn’t like to snuggle or sit with us while we watch TV or relax. She is a lovable little girl who lets us know what she wants. When she wants her snacks, she will sit by her bowl and meow. She also does this when she wants to be pet, brushed or if something that she’s used to is changed. Saturday, I washed the bed sheets. Millie doesn’t like this so she meows telling me that she wants the bed made up immediately. Millie is our sweet lovable cat but her personality is much different than Molly’s. Like people, every cat has it’s own unique personality. We should appreciate the way they show their love even if yours may be a bit independent like our Millie.

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Indoor Cat, Fleas?? How Can This Happen?

Saturday, June 16, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s not uncommon for indoor cats to become infested with fleas. How does this happen? Flea pupae or cocoons  are able to do something called “over-wintering.” This means that the can go dormant and survive  in the cracks in your floor or in your carpet for long periods of  time. When the conditions are right, they’ll come out.  They are stimulated by heat and vibration. You can actually carry the fleas into your home. You can pick up fleas where other animals have been such as your yard sidewalk or in the park.  Stray cats that roam through your  yard can carry fleas. Adult fleas like to stick to clothing and travel into your home with you. Other pets brought into your home by family or friends could also be another way for fleas to get into your home.

When treating  a house for fleas, it’s recommended that you wash all the bedding, vacuum all carpets and consider throwing away cat bedding that may be infested. You can treat areas that are infested with a spray available from your vet or you can call a professionallExterminator. Make sure that you follow the Exterminators recommendations about where to keep your cat during the extermination period.

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Miracles Can Happen

Friday, June 15, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Sometimes miracles do happen. This is a heartwarming story about a dog that went missing for two and a half years being returned to the original owners.

This story is out of Conecticut from WFSB News

EAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) –

A lost dog has reunited with his family after two-and-a-half years.

For this family in East Haven, Pepper the dog is more than just a pet. He represents a piece of someone who can’t be replaced.

After two-and-a-half years, Marie Matta-Isona thought she’d never see Pepper, the family’s black and white Papillon ever again.

“We went everywhere looking for him, we thought the worst,” Matta-Isona said.

Pepper ran off on busy Route 80 back in October of 2015.

Animal control officers say a woman stopped in on Wednesday with Pepper, and signed the dog over saying she found it a year and half ago near the New Haven town line, but could no longer take care of it.

“I asked her why she didn’t come into the shelter a year and a half ago and she said I didn’t think anybody owned the dog because there were no collars, no tags on the dog,” said East Haven Animal Control Officer Sean Godejohn.

On Wednesday, the animal shelter took to Facebook. Volunteers started networking, and this all came together rather quickly, finding the old lost dog flier and eventually figuring out who pepper belonged to.

“I said oh my god, I think that’s him and I said you have no idea what’s going on. I said my brother passed away last year in the airplane accident at Tweed and just finding his dog, is like having a little piece of my brother back. That’s how I feel,” Matta-Isona said.

Pepper’s original owner is Marie’s brother, Pablo Campos Isona.

She said he first took Pepper in when he was working in Puerto Rico, and then brought him with him when he moved to Connecticut.

Tragically, Pablo, whose dream it was to become a pilot, was killed when the single engine plane he was flying last February crashed.

“It’s like having a piece of my brother back. I feel like he looked until we found him, and brought him back home,” Matta-Isona said.

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The Importance of Fatty Acids for Your Dog

Thursday, June 14, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Fatty acids are specific poly unsaturated fats that keep your dog’s coat and skin shiny and healthy. One class, the omega 6 fatty acid are especially important to an animal’s health because they help support the immune system and help regulate the blood flow. Fatty acids are not automatically produced by your dog’s body, so they must be provided in their diet. They’re naturally found in animal fats and vegetable oils and most commercial dog foods contain the proper types and ratios. Some dogs with skin problems and certain health conditions may benefit from fatty acid supplements so ask your vet for a recommendation. He or she may suggest adding sunflower oil to your pets food.

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Confusing Dog Play with Aggression

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s great to see your dog romping around in a dog park and interacting with other dogs but some of that interaction could signal aggression. We humans miss some of the signs that indicate aggression rather than play. Play can look aggressive, but it’s generally enjoyable to both dogs if you see these signs:

  • Front legs outstretched and hind quarter up
  • A bark or high pitched growl
  • An equal balance of being on top and being on bottom
  • Mouth open when biting
  • For most breeds, hackles aren’t up.
  • The dogs will start and stop again.
  • There’s more side to side than forward movement.
  • Bodies are relaxed and loose.

Growling, snapping and biting are common during play but the following signs can indicate aggression.

These behaviors can be a warning sign of trouble:

  • Staring at the other dog
  • One dog standing with his head and neck over the other dog’s neck or shoulders in a “t” position
  • Walking around the other dog with
    • Legs stiff
    • Neck arched
    • Tail held high

Keep a close eye on your dog while at the dog park. There may be some times when play turns to aggression.

Thanks to yourdogsfriend.org for providing some of the information for this article.

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Food Snatching

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Do you have several pets? Do they ever try to eat each others food?  If so, it’s not a good idea to let the dog eat the cats food or the cat eat the dogs food.  A little dog food every now and then probable won’t hurt your cat but a steady diet of dog food can make a cat ill.  Cats are  strickly meat eaters so they need more protein that’s not found in dog’s kibble. Cats also need specific B complex vitamins and amino acids that aren’t found in dog food. On the other hand, a dog’s occasional nibble out of a cat’s bowl probably won’t hurt him but cat foods are high in calories.  A dog that eats lots of cat food could become obese.  Obesity is a serious health risk for your dog.  If your pets try to snatch food from one another, keep them separate when they eat. It’s a good idea to keep your dog’s water bowl and food bowl in a separate room.

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