Rescuing a Dog !!

So you or you and your family are ready for a new dog! what are your options, you can purchase a new puppy or Rescue a older one, What will work out for you .. ( most of these tips come from adopters and have already been through this process, and from a Rescue Organization called Last Hope K-9 Rescue.whorescuedwho

The first few days in your home are special and critical for a pet. Your new dog will be confused about where he is and what to expect from you. Setting up some clear structure with your family for your dog will be paramount in making as smooth a transition as possible.

Do a Checklist.
Is the breed you found going to work with your Family ( I.E. Kids, Home, yard, playtime. Travel? ) Work?         ( will the dog be taken care of, walker , daycare, Car? Nightlife? )

Determine where your dog will be spending most of his time. Because he will be under a lot of stress with the change of environment (from shelter or foster home to your house), he may forget any housebreaking (if any) he’s learned. Often a kitchen will work best for easy clean-up.

If you plan on crate training your dog, be sure to have a crate set-up and ready to go for when you bring your new dog home. and slowly show him it like a introduction, don’t just shove the dog in it, let them get used to it.

Dog-proof the area where your pooch will spend most of his time during the first few months. This may mean taping loose electrical cords to baseboards; storing household chemicals on high shelves; removing plants, rugs, clothes and breakables; setting up the crate, and installing baby gate. by doing this it will save you time and money from the vet. ( trust me on this )

Bring an ID tag with your phone number on it with you when you pick up your dog so that he has an extra measure of safety for the ride home and the first few uneasy days. If he is micro-chipped, be sure to register your contact information with the chip’s company, if the rescue or shelter did not already do so. ( the tag is great if you have ample time to do so)

Moving is stressful — and your new dog feels the same way! Give him time to acclimate to your home and family before introducing him to strangers. Make sure children know how to approach the dog without overwhelming him.

start your schedule of feeding, toileting and play/exercise. From Day One, your dog will need family time and brief periods of solitary confinement. Don’t give in and comfort him if he whines when left alone. Instead, give him attention for good behavior, such as chewing on a toy or resting quietly.

Patience, a new dog in a new home, means both you and the dog have to learn from each other, you have ideas what your dog is or will be and your dog has his own ideas of what is OK and what is not. like is it OK to be on furniture, is the whole house his or certain rooms. for Example – Picture yourself with a new roommate that you have never met…how long would it take you to “adjust” to all of their behaviors and eccentricities, or them to yours……you might get along from day one, or you might take weeks to months to learn each others patterns and expectations. So it is with new pups…they are adorable, but they speak different languages than we do, so we need to offer them patience and time for them to learn what is expected of them in their new home.

For the first few days, remain calm and quiet around your dog, limiting too much excitement (such as the dog park or neighborhood children). Not only will this allow your dog to settle in easier, it will give you more one-on-one time to get to know him and his likes/dislikes.

Each dog will be different in adjusting to a new home. below are some Peoples experiences..

. When my Cane Corso first came home I expected some separation anxiety, accidents in the house, etc., but to my complete shock, the Big Guy completely and totally ignored me for the first month plus. He wouldn’t make eye contact or even look at my face….the first week he went so far as to sit with his back to me every chance he got. Thanks to Laurie, Petra and the miracle workers at Doggie Fun & Fitness he slooooowly came out of his shell, we built up his confidence and he learned how to trust, love and be loved. I’ll never forget the day he made and maintained eye contact with me for the first time Now the big goofball follows me around my house staring at me every chance he gets!!

.Puppies  —If you are getting a puppy, be prepared for some missed sleep! 3 am potty breaks are to be expected, but thankfully don’t last long. Soon enough you will miss when your puppy was that small! Also, make sure you puppy proof your house. The rule of thumb being…If they can’t get to your shoes, trash, (fill in the blank), then they can’t destroy it! Buy chew toys…LOTS of chew toys! And lastly, be patient. Your puppy will learn more after mere weeks of being born, than you did in your first four years!

.Another important one is that puppies are pretty tolerant of anything, but as they grow older, they may not appreciate things in the same way. This might include being hugged or pulled by small children, or being submissive/aggressive to other dogs. Please watch your dog’s behavior and signs to see if he is getting less tolerant of things.

People often say they don’t see their dog’s true personality until several weeks after adoption. Your dog will be a bit uneasy at first as he gets to know you. Be patient and understanding while also keeping to the schedule you intend to maintain for feeding, walks, etc. This schedule will show your dog what is expected of him as well as what he can expect from you.

 

these are just the many tips that are around for when you rescue a dog and what you should except. please feel free to leave your own tips in the comment section and i will gladly add them to this list.

Spring is Here; Time to Keep Up with Fleas and Ticks

Well, Spring is here, and that means its time for flea and tick upkeep. Now each dog or cat is different as to what they tolerate for prevention methods. Some people only apply the topical version and some like to use a collar. The topical version, unfortunately, is required to be applied to your pet each month; whereas a collar can be worn with a limited lifespan of about two to three months, depending on the brand. But, our good friends at Bayer, have come up with a new collar, called Seresto. This collar lasts up to eight months (which to some is the usual time the flea and tick season lasts) and it can even work after swimming (as long as the dog doesn’t swim more than twice a month). Now we at The Dog House usually don’t promote flea and tick medications, just because people and pets have different views and possible allergies, but we figured that this collar just makes sense.

Fleas and ticks can transmit the following harmful diseases to your pet:

Black Legged Tick

Black Legged Tick

  • Anaplasmosis — Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It was previously known as human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (HGE) and has more recently been called human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA). Anaplasmosis is transmitted to humans from your pet by tick bites, primarily from the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus). Of the four distinct phases in the tick life-cycle (egg, larvae, nymph, adult), nymphal and adult ticks are most frequently associated with transmission of anaplasmosis to humans. Typical symptoms include: fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches.  Usually, these symptoms occur within 1-2 weeks of a tick bite.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever – Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a tick-borne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii. This organism is a cause of potentially fatal human illness in North and South America, and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected tick species. In the United States, these include the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni), and brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus).  Typical symptoms include: fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, and muscle pain. A rash may also develop, but is often absent in the first few days, and in some patients, never develops.  Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be a severe or even fatal illness if not treated in the first few days of symptoms.
American Dog Tick

American Dog Tick

  •  Ehrlichiosis — Ehrlichiosis is the general name used to describe several bacterial diseases that affect animals and humans. Human ehrlichiosisis a disease caused by at least three different ehrlichial species in the United States: Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Ehrlichia ewingii, and a third Ehrlichia species provisionally called Ehrlichia muris-like (EML). Ehrlichiae are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick. The lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) is the primary vector of both Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii in the United States. Typical symptoms include: fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. Usually, these symptoms occur within 1-2 weeks following a tick bite.
  •  Lyme disease – ( Most Common in Massachusetts ) –Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tick-borne diseases as well.
Lone Star Tick

Lone Star Tick

  •  Cytauxzoonosis – Cytauxzoonosis is a disease of cats only. It cannot spread to people or any other non-felid animal. In fact, in cannot even be spread directly from cat to cat. The causative agent, a protozoan called Cytauxzoon felis, is transmitted via the bites of infected ticks. Bobcats are the reservoir host. Studies have shown that as many as 50 percent of bobcats may be carriers, but they typically develop few symptoms of disease. A tick can pick up the protozoa from any infected cat and pass it on via subsequent bites to other cats. Cats that spend time outdoors in the South Central and Southeastern United States are at greatest risk for cytauxzoonosis. Cytauxzoon felis attacks red blood cells and tissues throughout the body, which incites a massive immune response. The disease presents in two different forms. Acutely infected cats are very, very sick. Clinical signs typically consist of some combination of the following:
    • loss of appetite
    • lethargy
    • fever
    • abnormally pale or yellow mucous membranes
    • pain
    • increased respiratory rate and effort
    • enlarged lymph nodes

    Many cats die within a week or two of developing symptoms, even with the traditional treatment protocol of supportive care (e.g., intravenous fluids, heparin, and blood transfusions) and imidocarb, an anti-protozoal drug. Those that do survive can become chronic carriers. They are seemingly healthy, but can serve as a reservoir for the disease.

ticks.gifMost people don’t even realize that their pet is infected until they start to show symptoms, which is why prevention is so important throughout the year. Even though some people only use the prevention from spring until fall, your pets can still get infected even in winter. I, personally, treat my dog year-round, and will most likely be switching over to this new collar. For more product information we would suggest you go here.

Tips For Keeping your Dog Safe and Stress Free During Christmas.

Christmas can be very stress full for everyone, as we are all busy during the holiday season with shopping, decorating, hosting guests, and Cooking the party food. As well this can also be stressful for your dog if he isn’t use to all the sudden changes during Christmas. These tips should help them cope with the new stress.

 

1. Plants, Presents and The Christmas tree.

 

Holly, Mistletoe and the Poinsettia is Poisonous to dogs and will make them vomit ( wont be a pretty sight ). If you are going to unwrap presents then we recommend that you do not let your dog play with any of the wrapping paper. That is because it could potentially cut them while they play with it or they could eat it which may cause digestion problems. The last thing that you want to do on Christmas is having to go to an emergency pet hospital because your dog ate something he wasn’t supposed to. For your Christmas tree, make sure you don’t put lights or ornaments on the bottom limbs as they can easily bite the wires, and can possibly eat the ornaments, which will cause digestion problems or a choking hazard. Tinsel is not good for them either it can cause a blockage in their intestines and don’t forget the needles on the tree weather its real or fake can actually put a hole in their intestines and is not digestible. as for presents under the tree, as we all know dogs have a great nose for sniffing out food. might be best to put up a barrier around the tree if your dog keeps going to it.

2. Cooking for the Party.

Cooked turkey and chicken bones should not be given to your dogs as they can easily break and cause choking, and bone shards can get stuck in your dog’s gums. Candy, cookies, cakes, peppermints—and especially chocolate—can trigger life-threatening illnesses in dogs. ( make sure you instruct your guests as well about table scraps!!)

3. A relaxed dog is a good dog.

Most dogs are excitable when guests arrive. Exercise your dog prior to the arrival of  your guests.  After 30 minutes of walking or playing, most dogs will be more relaxed or ready to take a nap. As a general rule, it’s best not to allow the family dog to greet unfamiliar guests. Commotion and unusual circumstances can cause stress for dogs. Give your dog a break in a quiet room with a familiar doggie bed or blanket. Allow your canine companion to join the festivities after the initial commotion of arrival has subsided. A suggestion would be “Depending on how many guests you are expecting at Christmas, it may be favorable to ask one of your family members to entertain your dog in another room until all your guests have arrived.” I wouldn’t recommend locking up your dog if he isn’t used to it, but strangers walking in to your home may be a little overwhelming to your dog.

4. Keep the liquids flowing!

When pets are stressed by unfamiliar circumstances, they typically pant more, so keep fresh water readily available for them to drink.

5. Preparing for the Food and Guests!

When it comes to the Sweet Smells of  holiday food, sweets, and candies lying about the house, there are many temptations for your dog. You have to remind him or her that the rules, boundaries, and limitations are the same. Use the holiday as a chance to intensify good behavior instead of intensifying bad behavior. It’s up to you to take the opportunity to make it a great holiday by working on your skills! Give your dog something to do while your guests are in your home. You can take a Kong and stuff it with peanut butter or pieces of cheese and it will take him a while to get all of the goodies out. There are also those new “intelligent” dog toys that require dogs to solve puzzles before they can get to the treat. If there are children coming to your home make sure that you tell them not to chase the dog. A dog will bite a child if he feels threatened or afraid, especially if a child is chasing him. It is important to supervise children and to make sure that they are treating your dog properly. Tell your guests to never give your dog any table scraps. Although this seems like a no-brainer you would be surprised on the amount of people that would drop something and wouldn’t think there is any problems letting your dog eat it.

6. Let your dog check the weather!

Dogs don’t have the Weather Channel, so they don’t know why they are being denied a long walk for the day. Allow your dog to step outside and feel for itself that it is too cold or too stormy to go on a long walk. Instinctively, the dog will understand why it is coming back inside where it’s safe. While it might be convenient to put your dogs outside when guests arrive for holiday festivities, falling temperatures and snow can be dangerous to pets. In addition, never let your pet roam freely, as icy roads can make it hard for cars to stop if your dog wanders into the street. Also, some dogs, if out in the cold for too long, will develop thicker fur and maintain their fat as a natural protection, so they may not feel the cold as intensely as we do. However, please keep in mind that many short-haired breeds do not have this natural resistance to cold weather. You can buy doggie boots and gear made specifically for cold weather. There are also paw waxes that protect from the cold and aid your dog’s grip on slippery surfaces like ice or snow.

7. Be cautious when around the fireplace and candles!

Animals are instinctual about fire; it is natural for an animal to stay away. However, during this holiday season, many owners like to dress their dogs up. Never use a product which may contain alcohol, such as hairspray, silly string, or entertainment paint, on a dog that will be around fire. Always be cautious near a fire with an animal that is wearing clothing. A stray piece of fabric can quickly cause the entire outfit to light on fire. A screen is a good way to keep a “done-up” pup safe. Also, never leave an animal alone in a room with a lit candle. As a general holiday precaution, test your smoke alarms, and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times!

8. Do not give pets as surprise gifts!

A cute and cuddly puppy might seem the perfect gift choice, but many of these holiday presents end up at animal shelters. A dog takes a real commitment of time, and adoptive owners must be ready to participate in training and managing the responsibility of their new family member. If you know someone who’s serious about adopting a dog, consider giving a leash, collar, or other pet related items, along with a note saying a dog of the recipient’s choice comes with it. This will help ensure the lucky person receives the dog he or she wants to have as part of the family.

9. Add your pet to your gift list!

Help your dogs stay occupied and out of the holiday decorations by giving them their own gifts. The Buster Cube™ or a Kong™, for instance, are both nearly indestructible and will distract your dog for long periods of time.

10.Live in the moment! Be happy! Laugh! Celebrate! ( from Cesar Millan)

Want to do something special for your dog for the holidays? Be balanced. Don’t be nervous. Don’t be fearful. Don’t be tense. Don’t think about anything that makes you sad, depressed, or angry. Really live in that moment. Believe it or not, that is one of the biggest gifts we can give to our dog–and ourselves! Everyone, rich or poor, can practice this simple activity. It has more meaning than any gift you can buy.

Live in the now, with your dog right next to you and your family around you. Your dog is going to get the benefit of it, particularly if you don’t have days like this on a regular basis. This special day will linger in his or her memory, and, hopefully, you can learn to practice these days more often, not just during the holiday season.

 

We at Dogs R us and The Dog House wish everyone a very merry Christmas and aHappy New Year.

Sean

Koa on the Cape

With DogsRUs Boston co-founder, Sean, taking a much-deserved holiday, I had the pleasure of spending an entire weekend with Koa, his 100-pound Bullmastiff. What a gentle giant.

I picked him up at The Dog House and we headed straight for Cape Cod. Friday night was mellow, and so was Koa. He slept on the living room floor and I took the couch.

Saturday morning, we took a jog to the beach, about a mile each way. Koa quickly got into trotting mode. His head was upright and we motored right along.

Later in the afternoon, we played soccer in the back yard. I kicked the ball, and Koa attacked it. Gently. These activities left us both in a relaxed state of mind.

On Sunday, we took a long hike on the nature trails adjacent to Gray’s Beach in Yarmouthport.  Koa was in his element:  sniffing around, exploring the woods.  He even found a clearing that led to a wide expanse of marshland.  He loved it.

 

Sunday night, we drove back to Boston and he stayed at my apartment.  Koa met our resident Toy Fox Terrier, Twix.  They got along fine, even though Twix only weighs 15 pounds.

What a great time, and what an awesome dog.  Easy-going and quiet – what every dog should be!

Theo’s a Sparkler

This 4th of July weekend, I spent some time with a puppy named Theo, who is a friend of Dogs R Us Boston.  So far, I’ve had the pleasure of walking two puppies, and just like with children, everything is new to them.  Theo was a quick-learner, though.  At first, he was hesitant to walk down the three stories of stairs that lead to the sidewalk.  No problem!

Here’s a tip:  when a gentle pull doesn’t get a dog moving, try a gentle push.  A mother dog, who does not have the luxury of a leash, nudges her pups forward to get them moving.  We can do the same.

And so at each set of stairs, I encouraged Theo to take the first steps – and he responded instantly, hopping down the rest of the way.  I used the same technique outside when he anchored down at the sound of a truck or the sight of other people.

I always kept in mind that this world is new to him, and that it’s my job to let him know that as long as I’m around, there’s nothing to be afraid of.  Theo naturally moved with me, especially when I took very short jogging steps.  The sight and sound of a higher cadence seemed to resonate with him and he walked right along with me.

And in the end, Theo seemed that he really enjoyed himself!

Theo is All Smiles

 

 

 

No Twist with Oliver

I spent two hours with Oliver, the Bichon Frise recently. With so many small dogs exhibiting small-dog habits, it’s refreshing to spend time with this guy. He’s a pro. Great on the walk. Responsive. And the piece-de-resistance: he doesn’t flinch when meeting other dogs. He met four big dogs today with poise.  He also spent time with some other clients, including Brady, the hound mix; Moca, the chihuahua; and Lucky, a dachshund mix.

Moca and Oliver in the Sun

Lucky (left) and Brady (right)

Make Your Happy Hour, Yappier Hour

In a town with limited parks and social spaces for dogs, kudos to Boston’s  Liberty Hotel for creating an informal weekly meeting spot for dogs and their owners.  During the Summer months, the patio bar/restaurant “The Yard” hosts “Yappy Hour” (officially, “Yappier Hour” according to the hotel).  On Wednesday’s from 5:30 – 8 p.m., owners are welcome to bring their pups for a meet ‘n’ mix.

Dogs R Us co-founder Brad Mayeux and I decided to attend yesterday, and were happy to bring a doggie client, Bailey, along for a different kind of playgroup.

Bailey in the Grass

The Yard is a ground-level courtyard at the hotel, accessible from the lobby.  We arrived at about 5:45 p.m. and there were already a good number of people relaxing at tables and modular couches.  And of course there were dogs – and surprisingly, they were all well-behaved!

As time went on, the number of dogs increased to a peak of about 30, and there was a little running around here and there, but overall, they picked up on the mellow vibe.  And nice complimentary touches by the hotel:  ample snacks and the apparently thirst-quenching “muttini,” an amber  doggie cocktail.

The waitstaff were fantastic as well – ultra-aware of where they were stepping and very friendly as well.

Time flew by, and we had to get Bailey home for his feeding hour, but we met some nice people and some really well-adjusted dogs!  If you are in the area on a Wednesday evening and would like an alternative activity for your pooch, definitely stop by The Yard at the Liberty Hotel for Happy Yappy Hour!

Dirty Muttini Recipe:

1 part chicken or beef stock                                                                                                                         1 part water                                                                                                                                                          Mix well and serve in a stable bowl

Boston Marathon Baxter

I have a half-dozen dogs to care for this Patriot’s Day, and as luck would have it, Baxter lives a stone’s throw from the Boston Marathon course – so I take him for a run on the Charles River, then loop into Kenmore Square where plenty of runners are in the home stretch.

It’s a beautiful Spring day, and Baxter garners some serious attention from race spectators. He’s got a happy disposition that people are drawn to.

I find a spot for a picture at the Kenmore T stop. If you look closely, you can see runners in the background!

www.thedoghouseboston.com

Boston Marathon Bax

The Dog House Offers “Tastes of the Wild” Natural Dog Food

There seems to be an anti-agriculture (grain) movement afoot.  It’s gaining traction in the human diet (author Gary Taubes; documentary “Fat Head“).  The idea is that for thousands of years, we ate primarily animal meat and fat; and since the mass proliferation of grains (soybeans, corn, wheat), we’ve changed our fundamental diet to create higher blood sugar levels, and when that happens, the body won’t burn fat.

Add a sedentary lifestyle into the mix and you’ve got Fat America.  Not to mention ridiculous increases in diabetes and other diet-related health issues.

Well, apparently we’ve shared our condition with our dogs.  They sit around all day, and eat dog food chock full of corn meal and soybeans.

Just like the new Paleo trend, in rebuttal to fad diets and the current high-carb American diet, there is now a dog food on the market that is focusing on ingredients from the wolf diet.  No grains.  Obviously, the focus is on animal meat and fat, with highly-digestible and nutrition-rich veggies added for good measure (sweet potato, peas).

It’s called Taste of the Wild and it is currently being offered in the retail shop of The Dog House Boston, boutique doggie daycare space in the Pope’s Hill neighborhood.  Apparently, the popularity of Taste of the Wild is growing, although it’ll be much tougher to wean the average American off their carb and sugar-rich diet.

I need my bread, pancakes and pork fried rice.  Maybe I’ll ease into it by eating sweet potatoes on more occasions than just Thanksgiving…

Boston’s Newest Doggie Daycare Center Opens on Neponset Street

Greater Boston’s newest doggie daycare facility officially opens at 168 Neponset Street in the Pope’s Hill neighborhood of Dorchester. The Dog House is a daycare boutique featuring two floors of community space for all canine breeds, complete with resting beds and doggie TV.  Daily service includes two outdoor walks.  Business hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and free pick-up and drop-off are available.  More information is available at www.TheDogHouseBoston.com and tours can be scheduled by calling 617-506-0639. 

The Dog House is the product of the growth of leading dog services company, Dogs R Us, founded by friends Sean Guerin and Brad Mayeux in 2008.  After a surge in customers in 2009, Dogs R Us expanded their dog care offerings to include pet sitting and two-hour playgroups, in addition to structured half-hour and hour-long walks.

“Our focus from the beginning was to provide the best service for pet owners, and dedicated care for our dog clients,” comments Mr. Mayeux.

To that end, in addition to phone and email communication, Dogs R Us gives customers access to easy-to-use online scheduling software so they can make adjustments or additions any time of day.  “This allows us the ability to dispatch care providers in a timely manner, and sometimes deliver services with less than an hour’s notice,” adds Mayeux.

2010 saw continued growth and the addition of four part-time employees.  With the addition of The Dog House, Dogs R Us is now a full-service pet company and currently helps dogs and their owners in the greater Boston area, inlcuding the Back Bay, South End, Fenway, Beacon Hill, South Boston, and Dorchester.