Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls, oh my! October is the month for scary spectors, brain sucking zombies, wicked witches, and an occasional princess. While all of these are in good fun and part of the Halloween spirit, there is something scary enough to shake your bones; realizing your dog ate half the chocolate in your child’s Trick or Treat bag. Chocolate can be toxic for dogs and it can make your dog very sick and in some cases result in death so be careful! It can also leave a pretty scary mess for you. Do yourself a favor and be sure the candy is stored well out of you dog’s reach. Happy Halloween!
Tip of the Month
Did you know pumpkins aren’t just good for Halloween? Pumpkins are good for dogs too. They’re full of fiber, vitamin A, and anti-oxidants. These help your dog’s cardiovascular health. They can also help if your dog has any digestive issues such as diarrhea and constipation. Opt for canned pumpkin over fresh for its convenience and availability, and remember a little goes a long way.
Pet of the Month
Henry Stewart is a Maltese mix that comes to see us for daycare and grooming. Henry’s best friends are Dexter and Oliver. Henry is a people dog too, but he does like to play hard to get.
Training Tip…”What Would Sandy Say?”
Did you work on desensitizing your dog to the doorbell and door knocking last month? Good! Here’s your next step: Pick a “spot” within sight of the door where you want your dog to go and put a bed or a blanket in that spot. This month you will teach your dog to go to that spot, ask him/her to sit or lie down, and to stay. In the beginning you will have to lead him/her to the spot on a leash and say “Go to your spot” or “Spot” when you do. With enough practice, you’ll eventually be able to just give your dog the cue and he/she should go to that spot. Practice this as much as possible so you’ll be ready for the next step in November. Also, continue to practice the doorbell ringing and knocking. Just like humans, dogs will lose skills that they aren’t using. Call us if you have questions about this and watch for our next step in November.
Our September Specials were so popular, we’re doing it again! Sign up for any training package in the month of October and receive $10 off the package. Also, board with us any time in October and receive $10 off per night. You still get all day daycare for socialized dogs, individual playtime for dogs that don’t enjoy other dogs’ company, staff on site 24 hours a day and we never charge for giving medications. We also give 10% off on any groom or training we do while a dog is boarding with us. Give us a call to reserve your spot!
Check It Out
It’s or second annual Halloween Pet Picture Costume Contest! Submit a picture of your costumed pet on our Facebook page (Sandy Pawz Dog House) to enter. Categories include: Cutest, Scariest, Most Creative, and Facebook Fan Favorite. At the close of business on Halloween night, Sandy Pawz Dog House staff will choose winners for Cutest, Scariest, and Most Creative. The Facebook Fan Favorite will be the picture with the most likes. We can’t wait to see your pictures!
What’s New at Sandy Pawz Dog House
Sandy Pawz Dog House would like to introduce our Pet of the Week on Facebook! Simply like us on Facebook (Sandy Pawz Dog House) to see pictures of our Pet of the Week, videoes of playing puppies, and tips on everything from training to dog food.
Holiday Boarding Reservations
Don’t forget, boarding space at Sandy Pawz Dog House is limited and we’ve already started taking reservations so call early to reserve your spot!
Recent Obedience Graduates
Penny Hofrichter–Beginning Obedience
Upcoming Events and Classes
Second Annual Halloween Pet Picture Contest–Entire month of October
Beginning Obedience–Thursday, October 16 to November 20, 2014 from 6-7
Potty Training Seminar–Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 6-7
FREE Brushing Seminar–Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 6-6:30
Quote of the Month
“The dog represents all that is best in man.” Etienne Charlet