Let Your Dog Explore and Smell

What is the purpose of going for walks without allowing your pet to explore and smell?

Dog Walker Singapore, Dog Walking ServicesWe all want our dog to walk obediently on a leash. However, it’s also important to allow a dog to have some time to explore her surroundings while walking obediently on a leash. Dogs see with their noses, and they place as much importance on their sense of smell as we humans place on our sense of vision for interpreting the world around us. It’s probably safe to say that dogs appreciate the smell of a tree trunk the way we appreciate a beautiful sunset.

However, most busy pet (dog) owners are so focus on going on walks for the sole purpose of exercise or potty breaks. They trudge along the same old route, often without any variety or sense of leisure, and in too much of a hurry to get back home again.

After hours of staying indoor, it is important that you dedicate one or two of your daily walks to having a “smell walk” — going slow and letting your dog take in the world with her nose. Go somewhere entirely new, explore a different neighbourhood or trail, let your dog sniff at a spot until she gets her fill, even if it’s for minutes at a time before moving forward. For helping your dog know the difference between a walk where she should be obedient and stay beside you, and a walk where she is free to explore.

These walks are a wonderful opportunity for your dog to get some of the mental and sensory stimulation that keeps life interesting for her. And for you after a hard day work, to relax, reflect and enjoy this moment with your loving pet.

An Old Dog and his Kittens

Somewhere in Arizona, there is an amazing dog which is the official nanny for kittens at the Arizona Humane Society.

Besides being a Hurricane Katrina survivor, Boots spends his time being around young kittens, so that they get used to being around a dog. This is crucial for the kitten’s future chances of being adopted. What a heartwarming story!

Pet sitting, dog walking in singapore

 

Read the full story here.

Do you have cats and dogs at home? Are they happily living together? We certainly hope so!

 

Breed Highlights: Beagle

Beagles have been around for many years, and have a rich tradition of being hunting companions because of their great sense of smell. They are scent hounds and work well as detection dogs.

beagle pictures
http://www.akc.org/breeds/beagle/index.cfm

Although they are small to medium sized dogs, there has been a rise in pocket beagles, also known as the teacup beagle or mini beagle. The term is used by breeders to categorise their pups which do not conform to the breed’s usual size, or as some claim – a revival of a very old version of the beagles. They are however not recognised as a separate breed at this point of time.

We noticed that beagles are not as popular in Singapore as it is elsewhere in the world – they are actually very active dogs which can do fine in an apartment only if you are prepared give it long walks at least twice a day. They also need games or activities to stimulate their keen sense of smell, like hide-and-seek to find an item outdoors. Do note that you are strongly urged to leash your beagle – they tend to follow their noses and might wander and get too excited to remember about coming back!

Do you own a beagle? Share your pictures with us on our Facebook page!

Baby Beagles, pups
http://www.welovebeagles.com/beagle-photos/

Do you know that Snoopy is the world’s most famous beagle?:

snoopy comics
http://www.peanuts.com/characters/snoopy/#.VLPJzFpUQy5

 

Read more about Beagles here:

Beagle – Wikipedia (breed information and history)

Dog Breed Info – Beagle

Beagle Temperament

Dogtime on Pocket Beagles

BeaglePro.com on Miniature Beagles

 

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Why Can’t You Feed Your Dog Chocolates?

Why Can’t You Feed Your Dog Chocolates?

A series of articles of foods that are dangerous to dogs

A lot of pet owners regard their dogs as part of their family, and many are guilty of sharing the same table and food with their pups during meal times. Dogs do have a tendency to be curious about human food and eat most foods they can get to, but unfortunately some of these may be toxic or even fatal for our pups.

Dogs’ bodies will react to certain foods with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and depending on the dosage of the offensive food taken, could damage their liver permanently. They do not metabolize, digest or break down food the same way that our bodies does, so we as pet owners must ensure that we only give them foods that are safe for them.

 

Today we discuss the dangers of feeding chocolate to dogs (and cats).

While chocolate has health benefits to us humans and many of us enjoy eating and drinking it, it is not suitable to be fed to your dog.

Chocolate has cocoa and caffeine in it, which contains methylxanthines/theobromine, compounds that are also present in coffee and some carbonated drinks. Dark chocolates are more toxic than milk or white chocolates, as they have more of these compounds which dogs cannot break down effectively. Even in small amounts, chocolate could cause theobromine poisoning in dogs, so keep your pup away from chocolates entirely.

 

What Reactions Chocolate Might Cause Dogs:

Discomfort, abdominal pains, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, agitation, hyperactivity, seizures, dehydration, excessive thirst, high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, increased body temperature, respiratory failure.

 

What Should You Do If Your Dog Ingests Chocolate?

Symptoms may arise anytime from four (4) to twenty four (24) hours after having eaten chocolate. It is advisable to get your dog to the vet as soon as possible if it is exhibiting any of the symptoms above. The faster the chocolate is out of the system of the dog, the better.

 

Resources and Further Reading:

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/12/8_things_you_should_never_feed_to_dogs_and_cats_partner/

http://www.dognutrition.com/dogs-eat-chocolate.html

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/dogs-and-chocolate-get-the-facts

http://www.foodbeast.com/2014/05/15/12-human-foods-that-could-kill-your-dog/

http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Health/Hypoglycemia/Symptoms.aspx

Quick intro to Cesar Millan

Who is Cesar Millan?

Also known as the Dog Whisperer or the leading dog psychologist in the United States, Cesar is self-taught dog behaviorist and is said to be highly intuitive when it comes to dealing with aggressive dogs. He has a few TV shows, books, a magazine and philanthropic foundation under his name; The Dog Whisperer series, Cesar Millan’s Leader of the Pack, Cesar’s Way etc.

Cesar last visited Singapore in early 2014, and managed to lead Mango out of his cage, a dog who has been living in great fear for 7 years in a shelter.

 

Why is He Called the Dog Whisperer?

Cesar’s work has always included aggressive, uncontrollable dogs that are likely to be euthanized.  He has rehabilitated many such dogs, on and off the television screen. In his early days, his reputation spread by word of mouth; he was “the Mexican who walked 20 dogs at a time, without leashes”.

He also helps the owners to understand how to deal with their dogs based on the Cesar Way, which is to meet the dog’s primary needs of exercise, discipline and affection (in order).  Cesar frequently asks that owners be aware of their own attitudes and emotions, as remaining calm-assertive will help them establish themselves as the ‘leader of the pack’. He has previously mentioned that many dog owners “show too much affection and provide too little discipline or exercise”, which according to him, does not benefit the dog in the end.

 

Controversy over Cesar’s Ways

While millions of pet owners describe Cesar as ‘gifted’, ‘legendary’, and ‘special’ to say the least, there are also detractors of his methods of training and rehabilitating dogs. There is a lot of success cases where Cesar has done his magic with dogs, but unfortunately some people are saying that he is too rough with dogs, that his base beliefs are not correct etc.

Do note that whatever you see on his TV show, is done by a person with years and years of personal experience. The portions that are screened are also highly edited and does not paint the full picture. The methods there should never be replicated by someone without experience or sufficient knowledge.

 

Find Out More

Official website: www.cesarsway.com/

Cesar Millan Foundation: http://www.millanfoundation.org/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesar_Millan

Pet Sitting 101

Are you going overseas, but your pets will have to remain at home? Pet sitting is one option for you as a pet owner.

What is in-home Pet Sitting?

A Pet Sitter is used when you or your entire family will be away from home (holidays, vacations, trips) but your pets are left at home alone. Pet sitters will go to your house and take care of your pets. A pet sitting service could include feeding, playing with your pets, walking your dog, cleaning up of the potty area, watering your plants etc.

 

Why use a Pet Sitter vs Pet Hotel?  

There are many advantages of using a trust worthy pet sitter versus placing your pets in a pet hotel. You would have to decide which is more suitable for your situation!

  • Your pets do not have to travel to and fro the pet hotel or pet boarding place. Some pets travel badly, some pets have separation anxiety and would not enjoy staying in a strange place. They stay put right at home, and we go to them!
  • No exposure to possible diseases or viruses from other animals. In pet hotels or pet boarding services, many other pets have been in and out of these places. Many places do not and are also unable to fully disinfect or sanitise their areas after every pet. For frail, weak or sick pets, they might need isolation from other animals.
  • Their regular and daily routines can be maintained. No need for them to switch to a strange environment, especially if your pet is on medication or is not good with changes and other animals. Just specify what you need to be done, and we will take care of it 100%.
  • Less stress on your beloved animals. They get to stay in their usual, comfy homes.
  • Any domestic pet can benefit from pet sitting. We follow your instructions and routine. Many pet hotels and pet boarders do not accept every type of animal. Sometimes, due to breed types, your pet may be refused too.

 

Types of Pet Sitting Services

Daily quick visits: We will go to your home to follow through your instructions (feeding, walking, playing etc) for a pre-agreed number of hours every day. Your pet’s daily schedule and routine can be followed without any changes to feeding time, sleeping time etc. You would have to prepare a list of tasks and the timings to carry it out.

Overnight stays: On top of taking care of your pets, the pet sitter will also stay overnight at your  place. This is similar to house sitting, and allows for much more interaction and contact hours compared to quick visits. It would also mean that someone is looking after both your house and your pets at the same time!

 

K9 Pet Care provides pet sitting services in Singapore, so go ahead and travel while we ensure that your home is taken cared of!

 

Read more from: 
Wikipedia: Pet Sitting / Pet Sitters

Ways to Exercise your Dog Indoors

8 Ways to Exercise my Dog Indoors

There are many instances in a week where dog owners get too busy, too tired or just a little lazy to walk their dogs. What if it is raining? What if it is raining for a few days in a row, during your scheduled dog walking time? If you are injured or have walking issues, walking may not be something you want to do either… How to exercise my dog without walking it?

Yes you can still exercise your dog at home, without going on for a walk in such situations! Indoor exercises cannot replace actual walks; you have to make efforts to walk your dog outside or have someone else do it, so that your pups get to use all their senses (smell, sight etc), engage their minds and use up any excess energies. Exercise and boredom are two different issues! Here we compile replacements for outdoor exercise.

Here is a list of some ways on how to exercise your dog inside/indoors, see which ones work for you! Hopefully your pups will play simple games with you in lieu of their daily walk J

 

Simple and Affordable Ways
  • Fetch

This classic game has always been a simple and does not cost very much. All you need is a dog toy or item safe for throwing and retrieving, and you toss it away from you! Some pups need to be trained to play this simple fetch game, but sometimes, they will just retrieve the item for you in order to please you (their owner). Dogs who enjoy this game would be able to get their exercise indoors, and the best part – you can do it anytime of the day!

 

  • Chasing Toys/Treats

Tie a toy or treat (or treat inside a toy) to a string by itself, or to a string and a stick, and let your pup chase it! You can even do this while seated in front of the tv. Or you can try and play football with some breeds of dogs (herding dogs), it might be quite instinctive to them!

 

  • Indoor Obstacle Course

Have cushions, boxes, pillows and toys? You can consider making your own obstacle course for your pup at home! Go big on the ideas – make a network of tunnels, or just a simple one with cushions. If you change the layout, your pup will be very excited as it would seem like a new ‘game’ to it!

 

  • Stimulate their Sense of Smell

Try to hide their meal or treats inside a treat dispensing toy, hiding places or in a box, and let them try to get the food out of it.

 

  • Hide and Seek

Hide their favourite toy and let them find it, or hide yourself and let them find you!

 

Other Ideas
  • Stair climbing

If you have a stairway at home, you can engage you dog in exercise by playing fetch on the stairs. For example, you could wait at the top of the staircase, throw the toy down and let your dog chase after it – then call it by its name and let it bring the toy back to you… and you can repeat it a few times!

 

  • Treadmills

Dogs can utilize a treadmill too, in a similar way that we humans would use it. Set a moderate pace and keep your eye on your pup all the time, for safety reasons! There are also dog treadmills in the market… if you have the space for any treadmill at home!

 

  • Training Time

You could use the opportunity to train your pup something new, or reinforce any learnt tricks and commands.

 

Not Recommended:
    • Laser Pointers – May drive your dog into too much excitement and lead to problems such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), neuroticism (madness) or paranoia. They might keep on looking for the laser even after you have stopped the game. Also runs the risk of the laser on the eyes, which is potentially harmful to the retina of both your and your dog’s eyes.

 

  • Tug-of-War – Unless your dog will respond to you asking it to drop the rope on command, it is not a good idea to play this game. It can go wrong when the dog gets too excited and the tugging brings out the aggression in your dog.

 

Remember, taking walks with your pup outdoors are great for both of you. Even if you don’t have the time for a nice slow walk, you can probably afford 15 minutes every day. Otherwise, engage our professional team on a regular, fixed schedule basis for a peace of mind! Routines are good for dogs!  Do note that we do pet sitting at the comfort of your own home too.

 

Important Note

As with all dogs and pets, please ensure that your fur kid is in good health with regular check ups and monitoring of their health status. Any unusual behaviour or appearances should be investigated further. Do not begin a new exercise routine your dog without consulting your vet. Do not exercise a sick, injured or recovering dog; it is not recommended to exercise some dogs vigorously right after meals. Do keep them hydrated and well rested. If unsure or in doubt, please check with a professional or your vet. Do your research on the activity that you wish to partake with your dogs before starting on it.

How to Potty Train Your Dog?

Potty training is a mandatory part of training your dog; after all, no one loves the messy situations created when your dog is not trained. While this is certainly not one of those fun things to do, the earlier you get to learn how to potty train your dog, the better it is for you. There is no way to avoid this form of training, but there are things that you could do to make sessions easy, both for you and your canine. Matter of fact, this is not complicated. You need only do it well and be patient enough.

There are many techniques which can be used, but those with the highest success rates will usually have four major pillars to support them/ the four pillars are seclusion of the dogs, training, proper timing as well as recognition of efforts made by the dog through praise. While those four pillars would normally be related to the dog, you would also do with two key elements. You will need tons of patience and perseverance, after all, you are seeking to create a new routine and that will take time as is expected.

At the beginning of the dog potty training sessions, one could use old newspapers to collect the poop. Alternatively, training pads for pups may be used. While these methods give excellent results in the short term, they can lead to confusion when the pup is a little grown and needs outside potty training. To avoid these shortcomings, you could opt to go directly for outside potty training. This technique is not only fast, it is less complicated for the dog as well.

This technique makes use of a dog crate for the purposes of confinement. The principle here is that there is certainly no dog which wants to relieve itself where it sleeps. The crate ought to be big enough to allow the dog to stand comfortably as well as turn around. Avoid using large crates as they could lead the dog to sleep at one end of the crate, and ‘do its business’ on the other end. After sometime, allow the dog to go outside, say after an hour or so. This will provide time to relieve themselves as well as play around. After this, make sure you commend the dog. Allow a few minutes of play before the dog resumes the crate. With time, the dog will learn that relieving is done outside of the crate, hence successful potty training.