Alec’s Training Tip of the Month
Congratulations, you took the plunge and expanded your family by adding a new rescue pup into your home! Whether this new addition being integrated into your existing canine family, or if he will be an only pup, my first thought is that your adoption center hopefully did its job and paired a perfect dog to work well with your existing lifestyle. If that was done, then the rest is an easy downhill ride.
My primary suggestion is to adopt your new dog at a time when you have more free time than usual. This being said, the goal is to be around, but not to hover and coddle the new dog. You want to have a calm demeanor at all times, and observe the new dog and be ready to correct any unwanted behavior if necessary and to praise the good behavior you want to see more of.
Secondly, it is very important that when you leave the house (and yes, you do have to leave the house frequently for short durations during the first few days) you have a nice cozy comfy crate to put the new dog in. The reasons for this move are endless, but primarily, you want your dog to feel safe and fall asleep when you leave the house.
Lastly, it is imperative that you feed your dog inside (preferably in the crate). This is my number one rule to set up a lifetime of good house breaking skills.
Please be aware that these are very broad stroke ideas, and that every case is unique. If you need further clarification, or have any questions, please contact us here at New Leash On Life. We are ready and happy to help!
Diane’s Grooming Tip of the Month
Ear Tips - Part 2 - Dog ears come in all sizes and shapes, and some are harder to clean than others. A good rule of thumb with all ears, however, is to never apply a Q-tip down inside the ear canal to attempt to clean the canal. Just like human ears, if there is any wax or debris inside the ear canal, the Q-Tip will only serve to push it down farther. Injury can also result if the pet does a sudden movement. Instead, use a small piece of medical gauze on your fingertip to gently wipe wax or dirt from the outer portion of the ear canal. If the canal has no foul odor, as covered in Part 1 of Ear Tips in our March newsletter, then there should be no need to do further cleaning inside the canal.