How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?

Depending on what size dog you have you might spend more time in between baths for the simple fact that getting a very large or long hair dog wet, cleaned and dried off is no easy task. You might also be worried if you’ve become immune to the odor of your pet and cannot tell if it’s actually offensive. If you’ve been wondering just how long in between bathing you can go – here’s your answer. 

Technique Over Frequency 

While there is no cut and dry number for how often to bathe your dog – it could range from once a week to once a month – the more important factor to consider is your technique. Since dogs have a natural self-hygiene routine to keep clean you can assume they already do some of the important stuff themselves. You should still clean their coat to detangle, remove dust and dirt and check for other things like fleas ticks or lumps. If you’re doing this frequently, then you want to use a very gentle wash that is mild and won’t cause over drying. Just like human hair, washing too much can strip natural oils and cause issues too. If you are bathing less frequently and know your dog has been rolling around the yard for quite a while between washes then you’ll want a good lather, scrub and rinse to break up and remove the particles. 

What Experts Recommend

If you’re still trying to come up with a standard bathing routine for your pup, most experts recommend a once a month bath schedule. This can change if your pet has other conditions or fur that requires more or less frequent washes. It’s important to understand your specific breed and the type of hair their coat is made of to make the best decision. 

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Tips for Moving with Your Dog

Moving can be stressful for every member of the family, including your dog. Taking some simple steps before and during the move can help your canine friend settle in and feel comfortable in your new home.

Maintain Your Dog’s Routine

Dogs are creatures of habit. Knowing what to expect makes them feel safe. Moving will bring a lot of changes, but keeping the daily routine as consistent as possible, both before and after the move, will help your dog stay calm. 

Let Your Dog Explore the New Neighborhood

If you’re going to be moving to a house nearby, consider taking your dog on one or more walks around the new neighborhood before you move. That will help your dog get used to the sights, sounds, and smells so the area will feel familiar when you finally move there. 

Create a Safe Space

Your house will probably become chaotic while you’re in the process of packing things up. Set aside a space in a relatively quiet area where your dog can relax with some favorite toys while you prepare for the move.

Find Someone to Take Care of Your Dog on Moving Day

Don’t have your dog around while you’re moving from one house to another. The chaos and confusion would overwhelm and frighten your pet. See if a family member or friend can take care of your dog. If that’s not possible, find a pet sitter or doggie day care to look after your pet for the day.

Let Your Dog Explore the New House

Once you have transported your belongings to your new home and settled in a bit, allow your canine companion to do some exploring. Your dog may be eager to check out every inch of the new house, or he or she may be frightened and may want to hide. Be positive and upbeat and offer petting, praise, and treats, but don’t try to rush the process. If your new house has a yard, let your dog run around and play a game of fetch to blow off steam and begin to feel at home.

When you bring your dog to the new house, make sure that his or her bed and favorite toys are waiting. Seeing those objects, as well as food and water bowls and other things that are familiar, will help your dog feel at home and make a smooth transition.

Keep Your Dog Safe 

If your new house has a yard, you will want to make sure that your four-legged friend stays there if you aren’t outside at the same time. DogWatch sells hidden fences that can allow your pet to get plenty of exercise and keep him or her in a safe area. We also offer a variety of training tools that can correct undesirable behaviors. Place your order today.

3 Basic Commands Every Dog Should Know

Teaching your dog commands might seem like an impossible task. Whether you’ve never known your pup to sit still or listen or if you really don’t know where to begin, here are some great starting points and basic commands all dogs can learn with some practice. 

Sit

Getting your dog to sit still is an important first step in teaching obedience and any other commands you’d like them to learn. Luckily, it’s also one of the easiest to teach a dog. If your pet is a puppy it will be even easier. If they have never heard of the command before they may need some assistance with how to posture their body to respond to that command. Once they get the hang of sitting when you ask them to, be sure to reward them with positive reinforcement or a treat so they will continue to have good behavior. 

Come

Another basic, but important command for a dog to learn is the notion to come to you when they are called. This can be especially important when outdoors, in a public setting or even around the home. Come teach the dog that you are asking for them to walk over to you and come see what you have to say or ask of them. Again, once they learn to come on over to you, be sure to reinforce the good behavior with a reward. Over time they will naturally begin to do this as soon as they hear the word. 

Down

This last command is the trickier to the three and should be practiced regularly to help your dog understand what to do when it’s asked of him. It’s also a great option when you’re looking for a way to take your dog’s excitement down a notch or would like to hunker in place as guests arrive. Large dogs can especially benefit from learning this command. 

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October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

According to the American Humane Society, there is an estimated 3-4 million animals in shelters each year looking for a loving home where they can feel comfortable and happy to share their time. To help bring awareness to this need, the society created an entire month for the cause. 

Each October since 1981, has been known as “Adopt-a-Dog-Month.” We are total advocates for helping precious animals make it to their forever homes. This month, we’re taking time to recognize all those shelters working, foster pet parents and adopters who take the time to care for these animals and welcome them as pets in their homes. 

Here are a few tips to help you with your pet adoption or rescue. 

Find a Companion That Fits Your Lifestyle

It’s important to remember that many of these pets have been abandoned from other homes or experienced abuse. THey’ll need some gentle care in the beginning, but they can be great friends and companions. Humane and canine interaction is known to help boost emotional health, increase socialization and can even add to your quality of life if you let them! 

Consider how active you are, will you be able to incorporate increased activity for dog walks. How much time you spend at home. How other pets and members of the household will interact with the dog. 

Prepare Your Home in Advance

If you know you will be bringing home a rescue of adopting a pet, it’s important that you have a pet-friendly home. That means ensuring they cannot get to garbage cans or other dangerous decorations as they explore the home and run around. You’ll also need to tuck out of reach of any toxic foods, like those with Xylitol in them, and any other chemicals, plants or other items that could lead to injury in your pet. Consider a wireless pet containment system installed both indoors and outside that will give you and your new pet ultimate freedom! 

Consider Donations

Even if you cannot adopt a pet to bring it into your home, you can also consider donations to your local rescue or shelter to assist the veterinarians, trainers and animals with their healing, food and care. There are typically also opportunities to volunteer your time if you’d like to help out! 

Research Reveals New Information on Dog Training Tactics

Did you know many dog breeds can pick up on training tactics pretty quickly?  It’s true. In the past we were conditioned to show our dog’s what to do by using treats. The idea was that they would learn with positive reinforcement like praise and a treat whenever a correct action is taken. 

Today, dogs are shifting to more companionship roles and becoming integral members of the family, so there is an argument that some of these older tactics could be becoming outdated. Instead using science backed ideas like non-treat based reinforcement and rewards to help your dog learn the correct actions. 

One recent report in the Science section of TIME looks at how new tactics like early socialization, enrichment tools and better understanding your dog are changing relationships and training methods. Knowing their needs can help correct negative actions. An example is a dog that is whining all the time. Instead of looking for a negative way to try and scold them into removing this trait, stopping to find out the source of their whining and what you can do to help stop the possible discomfort causing them to make this noise. 

New toys and other reward systems that get dogs to engage and test their abilities to complete a task are also gaining in popularity. Kibble in a bowl with a maze, or with flip boxes that reveal a treat after doing the work to get to it and locate it helps train dogs in new ways. 

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Training Treats to Get Your Pup Obeying in No Time

Training a new dog can be tricky. Especially if that dog is new to your home, but older in age. While the saying “you can’t teach a new old dog new tricks” might apply in some scenarios, there are things you can do to get your dog obedient and even doing some fun tricks. 

Treats are key to this process, but you need to choose the right types and understand how to give the treats to them to enforce the training. 

Here are some of the ways you can use treats to get your pup obeying in no time! 

Separate the Treats by Value

While the type of treat your dog enjoys can vary depending on their preferences, you can make progress in the training by separating treats based on their value. Any dog feels especially great should only be given when a difficult multi-step trick or command is completed. As you’re working on getting the dog to realize these steps, you can use the smaller, lower end treats and offer a reward each time they complete an action correctly. 

Keep it Small

Indeed treats are a great way to train dogs. But they can also harm their health if given too much volume. Many treats are rich and can create issues with consuming their regular meals or even cause stomach irritation. It’s best to limit overall treat sizes. You should choose items that are smaller in size and squishy so they can be broken apart and given to the dog throughout the training sessions.

If you’re not able to dedicate the time necessary to train your dog, you can also hire an expert who will come to your home and teach your pup commands. When you purchase our DogWatch wireless fencing systems, you’ll also have an opportunity to get your dog familiar with the new boundaries and trained to respond to them with comfort. 

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Transitioning Back to Work Post-COVID: Tips for Your Dog

With nationwide social distancing orders in effect and many states issuing stay at home orders, the last few months have dynamically changed our work and personal lives like nothing we’ve ever experienced before. Even our pets, who may have been used to our regular routine of leaving in the morning and returning hours later to feed them, sleep and repeat. 

Especially if you’re a dog owner, many have been loving the extra time with their owners, sitting near their remote workstations and even spending less time in the crate than ever before. 

As many states reopen any people transition back to work, making this change an easy one for your pet is important. Depending on your dogs age and usual demeanor they may experience loneliness and even separation anxiety when you’re suddenly leaving again. 

Here are some tips for transitioning back to work post COVID-19 that keeps your dog in mind. 

Start Practicing Now 

Sudden changes to a comfortable routine for your dog can be quite uneasy. One of the best ways to transition them back to the old way is to start slowing incorporating different elements back into your days. Even if you’re still at home working, you should designate some time for crating or being separated from you for them to get readjusted. You should also begin your morning routine and walk and feeding schedule now, rather than a sudden shift. 

 Find New Distractions
Dogs can also be easily distracted and appeased with something fun like a new toy or even having the TV on for some background noise. If your dog is not a fan of sitting in a quiet, empty home with no noise or nothing to do, then find some ways to fill those areas and put them at ease. 

Invest in Your Pet’s Freedom 

If you’re heading back to work and want to maintain the freedom your pet has had around the house, consider a wireless containment system. Dogwatch of Western Mass provides a way to set-up indoor perimeters where you dog is allowed to roam or cannot gain access too. You’ll have peace of mind and they’ll be safe until you return! CALL TODAY! 

Are You Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth?

If you ever wondered whether or not you should be brushing your dog’s or cat’s teeth? It’s not really a silly question. Just like humans the food that they are eating can build-up and cause tartar and plaque to form overtime which eventually leads to cavities and tooth loss. 

While the process might take some getting used to, it doesn’t have to be aggravating for you or your pet. Here are some tips and tools you can use for improving your pet’s oral health.

Choose a Quality Toothpaste & Toothbrush

While Toothpaste that is safe for dogs comes in various flavor options, that doesn’t mean you should ever substitute it for human toothpaste.  The ingredients in our toothpaste are very strong for their digestive systems and the mint flavors are likely a turn off. Even with safe for dog toothpaste, it’s important to only use a very small dab on the toothbrush to work up a lather in their mouth as you scrub.  The same is true for toothbrushes. A human toothbrush is typically larger to cover the surface of our teeth but dog toothbrushes are smaller to reach confined areas and not irritate their gums when brushing.

Start Slow and Use Positive Reinforcement 

The actual act of brushing your dog’s teeth can be a bit awkward and they will likely pull away or not want to sit still while you try to insert this object into their mouth and rub it against their teeth.  However, it is critical that you use positive reinforcement and start slow. Rewards should come in the form of praise for a good job. Once they get used to sitting still for the scrubbing you can show them what a good job they are doing instead of giving them a treat after you’ve just cleaned their teeth.

Dental Focused Toys and Treats In-Between Brushings

While brushing your dog’s teeth is vital for oral health there are some tools you can use to help you in the meantime;. If you’re having trouble getting your dog to sit still for the brushing or you just want something in between those sessions to keep their mouth fresh clean and the debris scrubbed from their gum line. Choose dental-focused toys and treats that are aimed at chewing and feature different raised textures that will get into the grooves of the teeth as they manipulate them in their mouths.

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Beach Safety Tips for Dogs

With a heatwave upon us here in New England and stay at home orders not completely lifted yet, there are many people taking trips to the beach for some relief from the hot weather. While there aren’t many places you can take your dog during the summer months in Western Mass as far as beaches (dogs are welcome October 1st -April 30th as long as they are leashed) if you’re planning a trip to a nearby location where your pet will be accompanying you by the water, it’s important to know some of the key safety protocols to follow so your pet is safe. Here are some important things to keep in mind

Not All Dogs Can Swim 

You should always use a safety vest for your dog while at the beach. There is no telling when a current will get too strong or if your dog can handle the water depth. Not all dogs can innately swim so if you’re unsure if your furry friend has swimming agility, do not take the chance and allow them to go out into the water. 

Dogs Should Drink Only Fresh Water 

Your pet should always stay hydrated and have plenty of fresh water to drink. Do not allow them to drink any other water while you’re out and about. Sitting puddles, salty ocean water and anything other than clean, fresh water can be toxic. 

Baths Should Always Follow 

The first thing we do when we get home from the beach is shower to get off all the sand and salt from the day. Don’t leave your dog behind. He too should be showered after incase there is sand within his fur or other mites and sand insects on his coat. 

Dogs Get Very Hot

While we can wear a swimsuit and light clothing at the beach to stay cool, keep in mind that your dog has lots of fur and they will get hot much more easily than you do. Especially if you have a large bread with long hair – they can have a quick increase in body temperature while being outdoors in extreme heat. It’s always best to leave your dog home during the hottest times of the day where they can stay relaxed and in a familiar setting. They can also burn their delicate paws on hot sand, so there is a lot of consideration prior to a trip to the beach with your dog.

Provide your four-legged friend with ample space to roam about safely indoors while you venture to the beach. Set-up wireless pet containment systems around the home. 

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Pets Top of Mind During COVID-19

We love to talk about your pets here on our blog. We have a giant part of our hearts that belong to your four-legged friends. After all, it’s why we do what we do! Helping you to create a safe place for both your pet and your family to enjoy time with each other indoors and outside. 

Our wireless pet containment systems are great for both cats and dogs and create the boundaries you define as safe and okay for them to stay within. We also provide perimeter training where we come out and interact with your dog or cat and help them to understand what those boundaries mean so they can feel comfortable using your new DogWatch system. 

With a global pandemic still underway, it’s important to take extra precautions for the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. In fact, social media image site Pinterest found recently that pet-related searches are topping the list of what people are doing while online. 

We already talked about how shelters are getting emptied out across the globe thanks to the companionship pets bring with stay at home orders. This brings to light some more interesting points about our beloved furry friends. 

People are searching for things like how to best care for your pet, doing research on different breeds and even getting suggestions from the Internet on unique pet names. 

What else are people looking for? DIY tips for creating special toys for their new friends as well as easy homemade food options and treats and even grooming and training tips to help keep their pets safe and clean. 

We love this new movement to love your pets even more and are here for all of your needs. Call DogWatch of Western Mass and give them a safe and spacious area to run around and play around your home! 

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