Puppy Proof Your Home

Puppies are like toddlers; they are lively, curious, teething and they are mobile!                                  20130217-111413

This combination can lead the puppy into serious trouble unless you use preventive measures.

It is impossible to anticipate everything that may peak your puppy’s interest, but here are some suggestions to help you get started.
• Confine your puppy to a safe area inside and keep doors and windows closed and screened for safety.
• Never leave your puppy unsupervised unless confined. Puppies will investigate, wander, chew, and soil when left to their own devices.
• Never let your puppy on balconies, upper porches, high decks, and stairs.
• Make sure that cleaning supplies, paint, fertilizer, poisons and other chemicals are inaccessible, preferably on high, locked shelves.
• Remove toxic houseplants or place out of puppy’s reach. Make sure that you pick up any dead leaves that may fall from hanging plants.
• Keep toilet lids down to prevent the puppy from drinking the water and/or having the toilet lid fall on their head or neck.
• Unplug, remove or cover any electrical cords . Chewing cords can cause severe mouth burns, electrocution, or fires. Do not line the puppy’s bed with electric blankets or heating pads.
•Cover electrical outlets with covers when not in use.
• Never give your puppy medications, flea/ heartworm prevention, or dewormers without first consulting your veterinarian.
• Always know where your puppy is. Assume that the puppy will be underfoot, and be extra careful to avoid stepping on puppy and/or injuring yourself by falling.       •Check to be sure that puppy gates and crate doors are absolutely secure before leaving your home. Walk your fence line to look for holes in or under the fence which may provide an escape route for a curious pup.
• Never leave the puppy unattended with children or other pets.
• Keep everything off of the floor. Assume that the puppy will chew and/or swallow every item that he/she can.
Enjoy your puppy!

We at Four Paws Pet Sitting Services will customize a schedule for you and your puppy while your puppy is going through the house breaking stage.

We recommend  a couple of potty breaks while you are at work while your puppy is still very young and then gradually increasing the time in between visits.

When they are older we recommend a 30 minute mid day walk as exercise is very important for your dog.

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For more information, you may Email us at info@4PawsPetSitting.com

Home Alone: Separation Anxiety In Your Dog

thundershirtWhat is separation anxiety and why does it occur?

Dogs are sociable pack animals and are most content when someone is at home all the time. Unfortunately, this is not
possible for most families. Unless we can teach our pets to be comfortable with the daily routine and absences of their
human family, separation anxiety can result.

Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit the following patterns of behavior, including:

* Incessant barking
* Destructive behavior
* Refusal to eat
* Depression
* Pouting or misdirected anger
* Inappropriate urination and defecation even when previously house-trained

There are some commonly recognized techniques that you can try at home. These may be effective. However, if they are
not, contact your veterinarian, trainer or animal behaviorist for assistance.

1. Alter your behavior when leaving the home. Don’t coddle your pet or make a big fuss. Don’t comfort the dog,
but instead disengage for approximately 15 minutes before you leave.
2. Use the technique above when coming home. Don’t participate in the dog’s excitement when you arrive. Make
your entrance low key. Wait until the dog is calm before you engage him/her. Once the dog is settled, offer a
greeting and affection.
3. Supply your dog with things to do while you are out. Make sure that you leave plenty of interactive toys that
will require him to think and work a little bit to get at a favored treat such as peanut butter. This gives him
something to focus on besides your absence.
4. If you will be away for more than six hours, have a pet sitter, trusted friend or family member to stop by to take
the dog on a bathroom break, some exercise and quality time.
5. Sometimes having another pet in the house will help. If you get a second dog, just be sure that one of the dogs is
well adjusted and calm. Sometimes a calm, self -assured friend will decrease the anxiety for a high strung pet.

We at Four Paws Pet Sitting Services provide in home pet sitting and dog walking whether you are away for just a few hours or a few weeks.

We will customize a schedule just for you. We even do overnights and will stay in you house. Check our services outand give us a call! (919) 388-7297