November Tips

    Alec’s Training Tip of the Month

    With the nights getting colder you may find your beloved pooch staring up at you lovingly at bedtime as if they were saying, "I promise to keep you toasty warm if you let me snuggle in your bed." Although those pleading eyes are hard to resist you must be aware that inviting your dog into bed with you is a contributing factor to overall naughty behavior. The reason is that in a natural dog pack, the alpha members of the pack maintain a higher position than the more beta members of the pack. So if you think of this from your dog’s point of view, by inviting them into bed you are telling them that they are on an equal level as you, and you may experience more behavioral issues. This is what I term "pack order confusion."

    If you love your dogs as much as I love mine, do them a favor and be sure to send them clear signals about their pack status and help them maintain a balanced way of being. Make sure they have a warm snuggly pet bed near your bed, and maybe a blanket. They will thank you for it in the long run!

    Diane's Grooming Tip of the Month

    Most people really don't handle their dog's feet until they are about to clip the nails and then…watch out! Some animals can get very upset at this totally foreign feeling. That's why it's a good idea to get your dog used to having her feet touched before you attempt a nail trim. Rub your hand up and down her leg and then gently press each individual toe—and be sure to give her lots of praise and some food treats as you do this. Every animal is different, but chances are that within a week or two of daily foot massage, your dog will be better able to tolerate a trim. Source.

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