After last month’s surprise snowstorm, I’m almost hesitant to say that spring has (finally) sprung! With hopefully many more weeks of warm weather ahead of us, thoughts turn to vacations. And whether you take your furry friend with you, or need to find “vacation” spots away from home and family for your pooch, there are some important things to consider in order to make your vacation as memorable—and safe– for both you and your pup.
When traveling by car with your dog, probably the most important thing you can do before you even buckle up and step on the gas is to exercise your pet. Burn off excess energy and make sure they’re “empty” before starting out. Also, don’t feed your dog a heavy meal before starting out; some dogs are prone to motion sickness. A long car ride is never made more pleasant with the after effects of a sick dog!
If you have used crate training throughout your dog’s life, he or she will know it’s a safe place…it’s also a safe way to travel! Make sure there are no items that can harm your dog, such as loose collars or leashes. If you haven’t been crate training your dog, spend some time before the trip getting your pet used to the crate, showing him or her it’s a good place, and getting your dog used to being confined.
If you’re not crating your dog for the trip, I recommend using a car harness. You will avoid being distracted by doggy antics like jumping around, and your dog will be protected from injury caused by short stops, or God forbid, accidents.
Take plenty of breaks along the way, both for exercise and bathroom issues. A small, high protein snack will keep your dog comfortable during the trip. Make sure your pet has plenty of water breaks as well, and, of course, never ever leave a dog in a hot car. Even with the windows cracked open, the car heats up quickly and can prove fatal to your pet.
If you are traveling by air with your pet, check with the airline to make sure what their policies are. There have been too many sad stories about pets coming to harm because pet parents didn’t know about the airline rules and guidelines, or because the airlines were not consistent in maintaining these guidelines. Many airlines require a health certificate; some allow pets in the main cabin with proper certification and some pets will have to be crated and travel in cargo. Do all you can to maintain the health and well-being of your pet, whether he’s occupying your lap, under the seat, or in cargo. A favorite toy or blankie can also provide immense comfort to your dog.
As with the airlines, if you’re planning on bringing your dog to a hotel, check beforehand concerning the hotel’s policies regarding pets. Some hotels welcome pets; others will not even consider allowing them to stay in the hotel.
Let’s assume you’ve found a pet-friendly hotel. First thing, take your dog on a long walk. Your dog will be in a more relaxed state of mind after some good exercise. New places can be frightening for your pet, so make sure you have him well under control. Upon entering the hotel, go first, don’t let him wander around. Be vigilant, and make sure your pet only moves around when you have given him permission. Be considerate of others.
It is not a good idea (and may possibly be against hotel policies) to leave your pet alone in a new place like a hotel. That can be challenging when it comes to dining out because, of course, you don’t want to leave your dog in the care. Fortunately, there are online sites that spell out dog friendly restaurants like www.bringfido.com. (In fact, this website not only outlines dog-friendly restaurants, you can also find recommendations for hotels that allow pets as well as activities like dog-friendly beaches, and dog events available in the area.) Another website www.petfriendlyrestaurants.com also has recommendations for places where you can dine with your doggy (some even have special doggy menus!). Always call first to make sure their pet policies haven’t changed.
Sometimes it is not possible to take your pet along. Make sure you find a reliable and trustworthy “dog sitter.” This might be an individual, a kennel or a trusted friend. This will be your pet’s new “pack” during the duration of your vacation. Find someone who will leave your pet engaged, and not mourning your absence.
With a little planning and training, your pet can share in your vacation experience, or experience positive time away from you. Have a safe and happy vacation!
As I look out my window at about a foot of snow, it’s hard to believe that it’s spring, and summer is right around the corner. As much as it doesn’t feel like it right now, warmer weather is in our future, and there’s no time like the present to remind ourselves that while the nicer weather brings more opportunities to get out with our pets–and possibly lose a couple of those pounds that both us and our pooches may have accumulated over the winter–warmer temperatures also bring some challenges and opportunities to keep our dogs safe, happy and healthy.
Warm weather can be dangerous for our pets. Number one, never leave a pet in a hot car. It just takes minutes for temperatures to get dangerously hot, leading to heat stroke and suffocation. If you’re traveling with your pet, pack water and a water dish, and take your dog with you when you leave the car. Better still, leave your dog at home when it’s hot. He or she will appreciate a nice air-conditioned home, just as much as you do!
Unfortunately, the warm weather also brings with it fleas, ticks and mosquitoes which can carry devastating diseases, like heartworm, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain fever, and much more. Make sure your dog is protected from these bug-borne diseases, many of which can be dangerous for you too. Ask your veterinarian about proper protection.
While the warm rays of the sun feel good after months of cold weather, hot surfaces can be dangerous for your pup. Watch out for hot sidewalks and roads, as well as metal surfaces, like the bed of a truck. These hot surfaces can not only burn tender paws, they can also increase body temperature and lead to overheating.
Make sure your dog has plenty of water and shade during the warmer months. You may even want to get your dog his or her very own “kiddy pool’—or in your pooch’s case a “puppy pool!” Dogs love the water and getting wet will help keep them cool.
But if you take your dog to the beach, don’t assume he or she is a good swimmer. Dogs instinctively know how to swim, but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily good swimmers. And if your dog jumps into a swimming pool, make sure he or she can easily get out. Just like children, dogs shouldn’t be able to get into a pool or a body of water without adult supervision!
Dogs can get sunburned, especially those with short or light-colored coats. Sunburn can be painful, and overexposure could eventually lead to skin cancer. Talk to your veterinarian about sunscreens for your dog—don’t assume the human variety is appropriate for your pet.
A good rule of thumb is to simply pay attention to your pooch. If your dog seems uncomfortable, remove him or her from the source of discomfort. With a little attention to detail you and your furry friend can safely enjoy the beautiful weather and warmer temperatures which seems to come and go around here just a little too quickly. Enjoy!
As a fun kickoff to the summer, Mary is now offering the option of having offsite-based classes at a variety of area locations.
Classes will start on Wednesday July 17, 2017.
All dogs need to be Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certified or must have completed or currently be enrolled in an Advanced Dog Class. All vaccinations must be up to date and on file. The dogs need to be on a regular leash. No retractable leashes are allowed. Bring your own poop bags!
Class payment is due before classes begin. Upon payment, you will receive a sheet listing where our classes will be held. All sessions will be held at the specified location on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm.
Contact Mary for more information on how to get started!
In this short promotional video, Mary relates the positive method used in her dog obedience training techniques; focusing on the goal of maintaining a healthy, happy relationship between owner and pet.
Shelby is the newest member of Mary’s Den. She was born on 5/08/2016, Mothers Day. Shelby came from Monticello Way Border Collies. She is a happy healthy puppy.
Mary is currently offering gift certificate, a selection of West Paws toys, collars, leashes, dog rocks and Pet Remedy this holiday season.
West Paw toys and Pet Remedy are made in the USA.
Pamper your pet with the gift of love from K-9 Perfection!
Inquire for details:
Or Call: 920-242-2930
Mary will be at the following locations:
May 16, 2016 at Bethany Ev. Lutheran School at 1pm
May 16, 2016 at First German Lutheran School at 2pm
May 20, 2016 at Jackson Elementary School at 1pm
Mary has completed the following courses and received certification for the following:
• Crucial Concepts in Dog Behavior and Training
• Sirus Dog Training Academy
• Science Based Dog Training(with feeling)
• Simple Solutions for Common Dog Behavior Problems
• Dog and Cat Behavior Problems
• Treatment and Prevention of Dog Aggression: Biting and Fighting
• How To Train a Puppy
Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and writer.
Mary now has a Certificate of Completion
for successfully completing the “Growl Class Workshop Demo for Reactive Dogs” online course, on November 22, 2015.
Mary is also completing online philosophy study of D. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS.
Her teaching gives an approach of timing, body language, and motivation, which forms the basis for trust between the person and the dog. Training becomes a joy and fun and the methods open up a whole new connection with your pet.
In an ongoing effort to expand her training skills, Mary Kalista Jackson is currently enrolled in Susan Garrett’s online Alumni Recallers teaching methods.
Visit Susan’s website for more information.
From the website:
A Transformation in Behavior, Confidence and Freedom
RECALLERS is a unique approach to dog training that introduces you to an accelerated program of learning that protects your confidence every step of the way.
Effective training happens in layers. Each new RECALLER game adds a unique layer of understanding for dog. Experience a growth in confidence that blossoms into a deep connection between you and the dog you love.
It is a universal dog lover behavior to walk directly up to a dog you have never met, reach out and pet him on the head and gaze into his eyes. Those are exactly the behaviors that invoke fear and aggression in strange dogs.
The week of May 17-23 is “National Dog Bite Prevention Week”.
On May 15, 2015 I will be giving presentations of “How to Meet and Greet Strange Dogs” at St. John Ev. Lutheran School in Two River, WI. at 9am for K-4th grade. I will be at Bethany Ev. Lutheran School in Manitowoc, WI at 1pm. also for grades K-4.
Let’s learn the proper way to introduce ourselves to a new dog. He will respect you for it, and you leave having a great experience.