Itch, itch, itch. Scratch, scratch, scratch. Bite, bite, bite. Lick, lick, lick. Do you see your dog doing a lot of this lately? If you answered yes, there’s a good chance your dog is suffering from allergies. Allergies are very common this time of year and with the dry conditions, we’re seeing even more affected dogs than usual, but there are some things you can do to help. First, make sure that you’re feeding your dog a high quality dog food that does not contain wheat, soy, or corn as many dogs are allergic to these. Next, you can bathe your dog with a medicated shampoo (Eqyss make a good one) or an oatmeal shampoo (Show Season makes a good one) to help soothe the skin. You can also use Vetericyn on any sores to help the skin heal. Vetericyn is like Neosporin on steroids and it won’t make your dog sick if he/she licks it. If all else fails, consult your vet about an appropriate dosage of Benadryl.
Tip of the Month
Did you know that there are dogs in every state in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with heartworm disease? Heartworms live in the dog’s heart and lungs and treatment is expensive and hard on the dog. It’s much easier to prevent heartworm than it is to treat it. Simply have your dog checked by your vet to make sure that there are no current heartworms and then once a month give your dog a chewable pill from Heartgard Plus which you can get from your vet. Even picky dogs (like my dog C.C.) will happily eat this beef-flavored pill and the threat of heartworms will be no more.
Pet of the Month
Moose Blanks is a Goldendoodle who comes to us for daycare and grooming. Moose was appropriately named as he is a BIG dog. He enjoys playing with Oliver (another Goldendoodle), Dexter (a French Bulldog), and Enzo (a Border Collie mix). For such a big and powerful dog, Moose is very good at waiting for my signal before he goes through doors.
Training Tip…”What Would Sandy Say?”
Does your dog insist on jumping on visitors when they walk through your door? Does he/she bark constantly at your visitors and won’t stop until he/she decides to? Is your dog a (horror of horror) crotch sniffer? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could teach your dog to quietly go to a certain spot and be calm when visitors arrive? It’s possible. Over the next few months we’ll discuss how to teach your dog “Go to Your Spot”. There are multiple steps and I’ll give you a new one to practice each month. This month you should work on desensitizing your dog to the doorbell and knocking on the door. Simply ring the bell and knock on the door a few times a day, act like nothing is happening, and completely ignore any reaction your dog gives. Soon he/she will stop reacting and remain calm. Call us if you have questions about this and watch for our next step in October.
Sign up for any training package in the month of September and receive $10 off of the package. Also, boardwith us any time in September 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 the premises 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
In August Steve and I had the opportunity to attend the Boys and Girls Club of America Military Youth of the Year banquet. It was a wonderful event that celebrated the accomplishments of several teenagers throughout the country. The teenagers were all poised, confident, and well-spoken and it was great to see them recognized. One of the highlights of the night was meeting Meb Keflezighi, winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon and silver medalist in the 2004 Olympic games. His story is inspirational and meeting him in person was a thrill.
Recent Obedience Graduates
Freckles Macaluso–Beginning Obedience
Bella Dobbs–Beginning Obedience
Loki Prescott–Intermediate Obedience
Upcoming Classes and Events
Potty Training Seminar–Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 6-7
Beginning Obedience–Saturday, September 6 to October 18, 2014 from 1-2
Free Brushing Seminar–Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 6-6:30
Beginning Obedience–Tuesday, September 16 to October 21, 2014 from 6-7
Intermediate Obedience–Wednesday, September 24 to October 29, 2014 from 6-7
Quote of the Month
“Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There’s so little hope for advancement.” Snoopy
Have a great September and as always I am grateful for your support of Sandy Paw Dog House