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Safety measures for your puppy

When you bring a new puppy into your home, accidents are bound to happen no matter how well your puppy appears to behave. Your little puppy is an excited little dog who loves to play and just like any young critter playing, cuts, scrapes and a lot more can potentially happen and for this reason just like a little baby in your home, you need to puppy proof your home.

Just a single blink of an eye and that little puppy’s curiosity can lead him into harm’s way. They require constant attention all the time to keep them from getting into something that could harm them, but what happens when you are unable to give him or her that constantly watchful eye? Taking a series of safety measures to ensure your puppy stays healthy and playful is an important task for any new puppy owner.

1) First off, you have to remember that a puppy loves putting things in his mouth and this can be a dangerous thing. You need to take the time to locate anything within the puppy’s reach that could potentially be a choking hazard to the puppy and move it elsewhere.

While some items that your puppy may swallow will just simply pass right through accompanied perhaps by some discomfort, but some items your puppy cannot pass. These items can get lodged in the puppies throat or even in its intestines. In the worst case scenario, these choking hazards can prove to be fatal to the little puppy.

2) Just like dealing with things that can be swallowed, puppies also love things that they can chew on and they do not understand the difference between a string or rope and an electrical cord. You have electrical cords in every single room of your house and should the puppy decide to play with one he could get the shock of his life as well as potentially die.

Electrocution to your puppy can happen on many different levels from a mild burn to 3rd degree burns and fatal shock. There are a number of ways to keep these electrical cords away from your puppy which includes elevating them above your puppy’s reach or duct taping them to the floor so your puppy cannot see them.

3) It is also very important that you keep anything that is toxic or poisonous to your puppy, out of the reach of the puppy. Since they love chewing on things, there is nothing to stop them from chewing on bottles filled with poisons. Poisons to a puppy can include such items as rat poison, anti-freeze, lead, household garbage as well as chocolate.

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Separation anxiety, also known in the dog training world as owner absent misbehavior, is one of the most frequently encountered problems in the world of dog training. Separation anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways, including chewing, destroying the owner’s property, excessive barking, self destructive behavior and inappropriate urination and defecation.br /
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Dogs suffering from separation anxiety often whine, bark, cry, howl, dig, chew and scratch at the door the entire time their family members are away. Well meaning owners often unwittingly encourage this misbehavior by rushing home to reassure the dog, but it is important for the well being of both dog and owner that the dog learn to deal with extended periods of separation.br /
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How the owner leaves the house can often contribute to separation anxiety issues. A long and drawn out period of farewell can make matters worse by making the dog feel even more isolated when the owner finally leaves. These long types of farewells can get the dog excited, and then leave him with lots of excess energy and no way to work it off. These excited, isolated dogs often work off their excess energy in the most destructive of ways, such as chewing up a favorite rug or piece of furniture.br /
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Excess energy is often mistaken for separation anxiety, since results are often the same. If you think that excess amounts of energy may be the problem, try giving your dog more exercise to see if that eliminates the problem.br /
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If separation anxiety is truly the problem, it is important to address the root causes of that anxiety. In order to prevent separation anxiety from occurring, it is important for the dog to feel happy, safe, secure and comfortable while the owner is away for the day. It is important, for instance, to give the dog plenty of things to keep it busy while you are away. This means providing it with lots of toys, such as balls or chew toys. A pet companion is often effective at relieving separation anxiety as well. Giving the dog a playmate, such as another dog or a cat, is a great way for busy pet parents and pets alike to cope with the stress of being left alone.br /
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Setting aside scheduled play times, during which the pet is given your undivided attention, is another great way to alleviate boredom and separation anxiety. Playing with the dog, and providing it with sufficient attention and exercise, is a proven way to avoid a stressed and anxious dog. A happy dog that has been well exercised and well conditioned will generally sleep the day away happily and patiently wait for the return of its owner.br /
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It is important to schedule one of these daily play sessions before you leave the house each day. It is important to give the dog a few minutes to settle down after playtime before you leave.br /
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For dogs that are already experiencing separation anxiety and associated misbehaviors, it is important to get him accustomed to your leaving gradually. Be sure to practice leaving and returning at irregular intervals, several times during the day. Doing so will get your dog accustomed to your deparartures and help him realize that you are not leaving him forever. Dogs that have been previously lost, or those that have been surrendered to shelters and readopted, often have the worst problems with separation anxiety. Part of treating this problem is teaching the dog that your leaving is not permanent.br /
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Tips traveling dogs by auto

Traveling with dogs by auto can be fun or stressful. It all depends on your organizational abilities, flexibility and sense of humor. Traveling by car is probably the easiest way to go when you decide to take your dog along. You can decide how you want to accommodate him.

This is an exciting event for many dogs, so expect your puppy to be hyped and ready to go.

There are of course considerations to plan for when taking your best friend safety, sleeping arrangements (his best dog bed), food, as well as additional aides and supplies to pack.

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Things to do Before leaving on a Auto Trip with Your Dog

Have your pet washed and groomed, this will keep dog odor and shedding to a minimum. Your dog will be going in and out of the car so the use of a dog car seat cover is ideal to keep your seats clean. and free from soiling. Bring a watertight bowl, food and snacks. Pack some security toys, and a ball or Frisbee for playing at parks. Update your ID tag, license and vaccinations.

A travel crate that folds and/or a comfortable dog bed or blanket that smells of home are ideal when you arrive at your destination. The crate will allow you to leave your dog alone if need be unless your dog is predisposed to barking, accidents, or separation anxiety.

If travel sickness is a problem, discuss the possibility of medication with your vet.

While traveling with dogs in a vehicle your dog should be secured. There are several options, a dog crate, a dog car barrier, a dog car seat, seat belt or harness. Crates are a cozy, comfortable place for your dogs to travel but it does require your pup to be separated from you during the trip which may change the experience for you and your dog. This is also true with a car barrier with a nice padded bed, again your pet is separated from the family. There are plenty of comfortable and safe car seats, seat belts and harnesses on the market to accommodate your buddy which will allow your doggy to sit, stand, lie down and look at the view. The method you choose will also depend on the size of your dog and the type of vehicle you are traveling in.

While Traveling with Dogs Do Not…

(1) Allow your dog to hang his head out the window while you are driving. As much joy as he finds from this activity, it is too easy for flying debris to injure and an eye or ear or worse yet your pet could fall out the window.

(2) Have your dog in the front where air bags could cause your dog injury; the back seat is the best place for him.

(3) Never leave your dog alone in a hot car, even for a minute.


(1) Stop every 2 hours to stretch a little, food (not too much), to relieve himself and a drink of water.

(2) Have your doggy on a leash if you stop at a busy area or where he could get away or lost.

(3) Have a collar and ID tag on your dog at all times.

Traveling with dogs is an experience that can bring pleasure to the entire family. Have fun!

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