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How To Train Your Dog To Sit Up Like You

“Sit Up” or “Sit Pretty”: Train Your Dog To Sit Like You   train your dog Wagging Tails Pet Sitter Mobile Groomer Southington, Cheshire, North Haven, Meriden, Wallingford CT

 
The trick of “sitting up” or “sitting pretty” is easily taught to small dogs, but should try not be included in a big dog’s education, as it is difficult for them to preserve their balance. Wagging Tails Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking and Mobile Grooming Service of over 20 years located in CT offers their expert advice and information on how to train your dog.
 
The training of sitting up is one of the first tricks to teach and forms the groundwork for many other dog tricks. To train a dog to sit up, prepare some treats as a reward, and set your dog on his haunches in a corner, so that he cannot fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to lose balance.
 
Keep him from pitching forward by holding one hand under his chin and with the other hand hold the treat above his nose and keep repeating distinctly and deliberately say, “sit up.” Do not make him sit up too long at any one time, but repeat the lesson frequently and reward him often with plentiful of praise and treats.
 
During his first lesson he will require considerable assistance from your hand to prevent him from pitching forward, but as he gets control of the balancing muscles and understands what you want, he will depend less and less upon your hand to keep him in position and you can gradually render him less assistance until you will only have to keep one hand in position two or three inches from his neck or chin, so as to be ready to prevent him pitching forward; later on you can withdraw this hand entirely and simply hold the treat just above the level of his head.
 
By constant practice he will sit up well after you set him up; then he should be train your dog Wagging Tails Pet Sitter Mobile Groomer Cheshire Southington West Hartford Farmington New Britain Plainville Bristol CTset up against the wall, so as to afford him a support for his back only, and after he has been well schooled at this and can keep his position easily, practice him against chair legs, cushions or other objects that afford him less and less assistance, until finally he learns to preserve his balance and sits up without anything to lean against.
 
During all these lessons the words “sit up or sit pretty” have been impressed upon his mind by frequent repetition, and now comes the final lesson to teach him to sit up as soon as he hears the words, and the chances are, if he has been diligently drilled, it will be necessary only to call him out in the room, show him a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say “sit up or sit pretty” and he will do so, when he should be given the treat while still in position.

 It takes patience and persistence to train your dog!

The only necessity to perfection is to practice him several times a day until he will sit up at the word and without being shown a reward; that can be given him after he has obeyed.
 
You have now a foundation for many other tricks. He can be taught to beg by moving your hand up and down just in front of his paws, which he will move in unison with yours. He can also be taught to salute by bringing one paw up to the side of his head, or to hold a wooden pipe in his mouth, or to wear a cap on his head or other articles of wearing apparel.
 
In teaching a dog to submit to being dressed up, do not attempt to get him to wear too many things at once; try him at first with a cap and after he becomes accustomed to that you can put on a coat and gradually accustom him to the other clothing articles.
 
Enjoy teaching your dog the “sit up or sit pretty” trick and most importantly have fun along the way!
 
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A Wagging Tail – What Is Your Dog Trying To Tell You?

Is a wagging tail a sign of joy?

What is your dog trying to tell you?pup

Is barking a form of language among dogs with precise significance, or just playful noise?

Dogs exchange information among themselves less by voice than by a wide range of facial expressions, body postures and gestures, as well as by various scents. Dogs, who bark at night, are probably working off excess energy or announcing their presence, and this is undoubtedly the only message conveyed to other dogs within ear shot.

When a dog goes to his owner and deliberately barks, it is simply meant to attract attention. You must try to guess his general behavior, rather than from the circumstances and his general behavior, rather than from the particular form or pitch of bark he makes. The howling or baying of hunting dogs is an instinctive hunting cry informing the pack that the dog is on a trail. Barking at strange noises is a warning as well as a threat display.
A lonely dog who howls may be sending out a gathering cry to other dogs nearby. Wild dogs on the other hand, never bark, they only howl. Could the barking of domesticated dogs be a form of communication more closely resembling speech? A pet dog that shares a close relationship with his owner and has been taught to understand many words obviously makes an effort, sometimes quite successfully, to give meaning to his own utterances.
A dog who wishes to assert his importance and boldness instinctively employs all of the effects that make him look bigger and more frightening, raising his back to increase his height and holding his head high in defiance.
A dog who wants to show submission does just the opposite, making himself look small by crouching down with his tail between his legs and his ears laid back flat.
A dog who wishes to assert his dominance will take a perpendicular position with his head over the other dog’s shoulders, while nudging or pushing, with his neck arched, head and tail raised and tense. The conventional play invitation is a posture with the forehead crouched, the hind quarters high, a wagging tail, bright eye and a little yap. A rigid stance with a steady gaze and a high, trembling tail is hostile. A high, steady tail signifies self confidence, and held low indicates inferiority, fatigue, ill health, or a bad mood.
Pawing at the neck is an expression of affection, nose-nudging is another invitation to play. Paw-giving is a conventional canine gesture with two possible meanings. When he gives his paw to his owner while avoiding eye contact he’s saying “Please forgive me” or when he wants attention, he is saying “I’m here, don’t forget me.” When he offers his paw to another dog, it’s a sign of submission.
An owner, who takes the trouble to observe his dog and pay him the courtesy of listening to him, can establish a simple two-way communications system with his pet. Canine messages are generally very elementary, as he asks much less of us than we do of him. “I’m hungry,” “I’m thirsty”, “I need to go out”, or “Come with me I think something is wrong” are among the messages he manages to convey very well considering his limited means. His most eloquent utterance is the emotional gurgle of barks that means to say “I’ve missed you!”
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Halloween Candy Is NOT Safe For Your Pet

josie-costume-wagging-tails-pet-sitting-mobile-groomingHalloween Candy Can Kill Your Pet!

For millions of families, the celebration of Halloween includes every sugary, sweet, gooey treat imaginable. As parents, we often warn our children “Now don’t eat too much or you’ll make yourself sick.” At worst, a child who stuffs him or herself with chocolate may develop nausea and a stomachache.
But for our furry friends who get into the Halloween goodies, “getting sick” may be the least of it. Many of the sweet treats distributed for Halloween  can actually be fatal to dogs, cats and other small animals (such as ferrets.)
As responsible pet owners, it’s our job to protect our pets from harm. And though pet owners routinely give their companion animals human food, this is almost always a mistake.
Yes, many pets prefer to eat what we eat. Yes, household pets (especially dogs) really like sweet, sugary foods. And yes, it feels good to pamper Fido or Fluffy by giving them “just a little taste” of what we’re having for su pper. But many of the foods that humans enjoy can not only cause illness for your beloved dog or cat, they can even be fatal. And given how small a cat or dog is compared to a human, sometimes it doesn’t take much.

Chocolate is one of the most deadly foods for pets

(both cats and dogs; dark chocolate is worst, white chocolate has the lowest risk). It’s not only high in fat (pets don’t need lots of fat any more than humans do), it contains two nervous system stimulants, caffeine and theobromine. The fat can make your pet vomit or cause diarrhea — unpleasant, but usually not fatal.
ill-do-a-trick-for-a-treat-1But it’s the stimulants that sometimes cause death. Theobromine is both a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. A dog that ingests an overdose of chocolate may be fine at first, but will probably become excited and hyperactive within a few hours. It may pass large quantities of urine and become unusually thirsty. The theobromine will cause your pet’s heart rate to accelerate or beat irregularly, either of which can cause death (especially with exercise.)
But it’s not just chocolate that’s the problem. All sugary foods can cause dental problems, lead to obesity, and contribute to diabetes in pets, too. So be sure to keep your stash of chocolate securely out of your pet’s reach.
Children are notorious for sorting and trading candy, so make sure they don’t leave candy laying around (or candy wrappers, either, which can cause choking) And don’t forget how flexible and persistent a pet can be when it smells something yummy in a trash bin or garbage, either.
If you do have reason to think that your pet has gotten into the candy, call your vet and describe their symptoms. (Symptoms of chocolate toxicity are nervousness, vomiting, shaking, and overreacting to noises, touch, lights, et cetera.) If your vet is closed, call an emergency vet center. If you don’t have one of those in your area you can call one of the national animal poison control lines such as the Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680. (There is usually a fee for this service.)
It is up to you to make sure that Halloween candy and other dangerous foods are kept securely out of the reach of your household pets — so your whole family can enjoy the holiday!  www.waggingtails.com

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Is Owning A Black Cat, Bad Luck?

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The black cat has an unfortunate negative supernatural reputation. Many people fear black cats and associate them with bad luck. Historically they have been used in the supernatural rituals of Black Magic and linked to Witchcraft. This article is written to dispel this notion.

For many years, I have volunteered my time and my home, as a Foster Mom for local Humane Societies and Pet Rescues.  About 15 years ago, when I received a call to foster a lonely, little kitten with a severe upper respiratory infection, I of course, took on the job. As soon as I saw him, I knew that Batman would not be returning to the shelter. He was my “foster” who immediately warmed my heart.  I fell in love with him on sight. And so began his new adventure as my new black cat.

I renamed him Tucker, Tucket, Trucker….he responds to all the names,  is a wonderful cat, and he is completely black.

The Black Cat in History

Historically, black cats have been associated with omens, bad luck and, well…evil.  The poor unfortunate kitties have Obi&Katobeen used in rituals, and were supposedly the “familiars” of witches. Anarchism has used the symbol of the black cat, as has Wicca, the modern day expression of Witchcraft. Superstition has associated bad luck with having a black cat cross your path. All-in-all, the black cat has been getting some really bad press for centuries, and all of that is not easily overcome in just a few short lines of this article.

Some people are afraid of Black Cats…Black animals, both canine and feline, have had a long reputation of a low adoption rate at all shelters. The stigma seems to stick. Some say it is because black animals are not easily photographed. That their features are difficult to display in a typical snapshot. And therefore, are not chosen when one is perusing through online photos. However, I disagree. Black animals photograph beautifully. Their eyes really seem to show their soul. Despite modern times, the supernatural rblack lab faceeputation is still an issue with many adoptive parents.  And it should not be!

Superstition Dispelled

For many years, Tucker has been rolling around on my lap enjoying his daily pettings, sleeping in my bed, yowling at the females he sees from his perch in the kitchen window and just generally bringing a lot of joy to our lives. He loved his black lab family member, Bella, for many years. When I brought him home as a kitten, he curled right up next to her, found a patch of her skin and started suckling and kneading on it!  They looked like one big black blob of fur.

Tucker is here to dispel the notion that a black cat means bad luck. He is one of the sweetest cats you’ll ever meet, and there’s absolutely *nothing* scary about him. And I can tell you for a fact that no bad luck is connected with Tucker. He’s crossed my path innumerable times, and so far I haven’t experienced anything one might think of as “bad luck”.

I have to say, though, that on Halloween night he seems to be scared of his own black shadow. But I try to keep him calmed down and happy to be where he is…in my lap purring as loud as he can!

As a pet mom to a Black Labrador, Bella, and a black cat, Tucker, and a tuxedo cat, Spooky, I can tell you that mine have only brought me joy. No “bad luck” here!

So, when choosing a pet to welcome into your home, please consider, that just like humans, the color of our skin does not matter…it’s what’s inside our hearts that does. The same equality should be for animals…

Black cats do not bring bad luck!  www.waggingtails.com (860) 621-7387 (Pets)

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How To Help Your Dog Overcome Separation Anxiety

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Separation anxiety in dogs exhibits behavior problems when they’re being left alone at home. This often leads to excessive barking, whining, chewing, house soiling and other types of destructive behavior. If your dog can comfortably spend the night away from you, then it is very likely your dog does not suffer from separation anxiety. However, if he has been throwing tantrums by showing some kind of dramatic anxiety response every time you leave home, your dog probably has it. It is important to understand that when dogs behave in this way it is not an attempt to seek revenge or punishment for leaving them behind. It is indeed a natural panic response for being away from the owner even for a short period of time.

Separation anxiety is one of the most common complaints of dog owners

and in most cases they don’t even realize it. You need to find out whether your dog has separation anxiety so that proper treatments can be given to correct this behavior.
Keep a boring, low-key departure. Long-dramatic farewell will create more anxiety in him. A casual “Goodbye” or “See you later” will do. When you first arrive home, ignore him for a couple of minutes, and then calmly pet him.
Always provide him with lots of exercise and playtime. A tired, well-exercised dog is a happy dog. He will be much more contented to sleep during the day while you’re away. Mental exercises such as training and socializing with other dogs are all great activities for your dog.
Provide your dog with some of his favorite toys and treats so that he will have something to do while you’re gone. Stuff some treats into his toys to keep his mind occupied rather than waiting anxiously for you to come back.  Leave a tv or radio on for your pet.  Wear an old tshirt to bed, and then leave it with your pet. Your smell will comfort them-and we’re pretty sure you’ll often find him sleeping on it!
You need to train your dog to be accustomed to your departure. First, leave him for a couple of minutes and then come back to him. Do not a make fuss over your dog. Repeat this step until he’s not anxious anymore. Then, gradually leave for longer periods of time and comes back. Make sure to practice this over and over again until he gets used to being alone at home.
Let’s face it, most people aren’t home all day with their dogs.  When you have to leave the home to go to work, school or away for the day, hire a professional pet sitter or professional dog walker.   A visit to your home to socialize and interact with your dog also serves as a much needed potty break. Separation anxiety should diminish with the regular visits by a friendly, energetic, professionally trained dog walker/handler.   www.waggingtails.com    (860) 621-7387 (Pets)
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Your Dog’s Shedding

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If your dog sheds a lot it does not necessarily denote ill health. Dogs that spend a lot of their time indoors are exposed to electric lights and central heat and air which can throw off their normal shedding schedule that nature built in. However, profuse shedding may have other causes like an unbalanced diet, a kidney or bladder infection or a parasitic ailment.

If your dogs shedding leads to bald spots you should seek help from your veterinarian as soon as possible.

All severe shedding conditions are either parasitic or non-parasitic. Parasitic means caused by parasites such as mites or fleas. Non-parasitic means conditions created by a hormonal imbalance and or poor diet, which can easily be treated with vitamins and a more controlled diet.

Ecshedding shepherd Wagging Tails mobile groomer Southington, CTzema is a symptom of an underlying disorder, usually dietary, rather than a disease. In older animals and altered ones, it may be caused by a hormonal imbalance due to a change of body chemistry. The skin becomes scaly and the hair falls out in patches. You must correct the cause by hormone injections or a change in diet, usually by adding fat supplements of Vitamin A and E.

shedding shepard 2 mobile pet groomer Southington CTEczema can also be caused by fleabite allergy, or a parasitic condition. However, these bald spots usually appear suddenly and resemble lesions, or burns. To treat these, after veterinarian diagnosis, you must eliminate the fleas and use a local application of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory medicines.

 

Bald spots can also be caused by mange. There are two types of mange, ot mange, Sarcoptic mange or “Scabies”, which has a musty odor, often starts on the head and spreads to the ears, tail, the abdomen, chest and under the front legs. Skin eruptions may take the form of red dots or blisters, then scabs. Your veterinarian can provide medicated baths; generally sulfur preparations and anti-itch topicals.

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The second type of mange is Follicular or Demodectic mange or “red mange”, caused by a different family of mites that burrows into the hair follicles and most often attacks young puppies. Entire litters can be born with it. It is more serious and persistent that the other variety. In the most serious cases, pustules dot the skin where the hair has fallen out. Veterinary treatment will include oral medications and external treatments to kill the mites, but this type of mange takes a long time to cure.
Lastly, he may have contracted ringworm, a contagious fungal infection, (non-parasitic), that grows on hair follicles, rather like athletes foot. It is characterized by ring-shaped red patches covered with scales, and may be dry or moist, usually starting on the head, neck, and legs. Your vet will advise strict anticontagion measures, since it is communicable to humans. Treatments include oral medications, anti-fungal shampoos or dips, and frequent applications of iodine.
Remember, shedding is a symptom of an underlying condition that is best diagnosed by your Veterinarian usually by microscopic analysis of skin scrapings and or blood tests. While bald spots may not be life threatening, the animal is suffering and the conditions usually only get worse with time, so asking your veterinarian for his opinion is more sensible than just worrying about it.
Your pet’s groomer will alert you to any underlying conditions that she may find while grooming your pet. However, regular brushing by a pet’s owner aids in the early detection of any skin issues. Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming is an award winning pet care service of over 21 years. Founded in CT in 1995. www.waggingtails.com
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Cooling Pet Beds – A Solution For Hot Summer Months

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Did you know that there are several pet beds on the market, specifically designed to offer relief to your pet during those hot, humid summer days? Cooling pet beds provide an affordable solution to help minimize your pets suffering.
A cooling pet bed has many therapeutic qualities that your pet can benefit from and may be just what the vet ordered for your furry friend. It can be very helpful and bring much relief, especially if your cat or dog suffers from bad joints, hips or one of many skin conditions affecting pets from all walks of life. A cooling pet bed doesn’t have to be expensive either, and can be used all year around, especially in southern climates. Your buddy will be extremely happy!

Your Pet Can Stay Cool During The Dog Days Of Summer

cool pet bed Wagging Tails pet sitter dog walker groomer cheshire ctIf you’re shopping around for a cooling pet bed, or just considering making a purchase on one of many models available, be sure to consider the size of your pet. Measure your pet from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail.  Consider the age of your pet when you are deciding on the thickness of the pet bed. And also consider the thickness of your pets fur. A Greyhound will not as heavy duty of a cooling dog bed as say, a Husky! Don’t forget, that cats enjoy cooling pet beds too!
Keep in mind that young pets that are prone to chewing, should not be left unattended with a cooling dog bed. Follow the manufacturers instructions and care.
Some pets have thicker fur than others, which makes it hard to keep cool. Unfortunately this can be the cause of your pets lack of energy, skin irritations, breathing difficulties and a variety of other concerns. Why not give your pet the choice of cooling down when it’s too warm, with a cooling pet bed? It can make the world of cooling pet bed Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming LLCdifference.
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Your Dog’s Water

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A constant supply of fresh water is essential to your dog’s good health and comfort. Water is very important, representing and estimated 70 percent of the dog’s weight. Like man, a dog can go without food for a surprisingly long time, but if he is deprived of water, he can’t survive for more than a few days, or even hours, in a hot, dry environment.

A dog’s water consumption varies according to the climate to his activity, and to the composition of his meals. Heat and exercise dehydrate him quickly. He gets very thirsty in cars or any confined space. However, excessive thirst for not good reason should be reported to your vet, because it may be an early symptom of diabetes or kidney trouble.

One bowl of water per pet should be available at all times.

At home he should have a clean, full water bowl next to his food dish, another in his play area, and possibly a third one that is accessible at night. Away from home the problem is more difficult. A thirsty dog is attracted to water in the gutter, in stagnant pools and rain puddles. Clean rain water is fine, but hard to find. Do not allow your dog to drink from puddles, shared bowls, or watering stations at dog parks or facilities. Parasites and infections can spread thru shared water sources.

Caustic chemicals used to melt snow on streets and sidewalks, weed-killers and insecticides on lawns and golf courses contaminate most standing water and should be avoided. Try to train your dog to drink only from his own bowl or what you offer him. Try to keep a water-filled plastic container with you or in your car, especially if you plan on a lot of walking or running during hot weather.

Other liquids besides water that dogs can drink?

Milk is the only liquid, aside from water, that appeals to dogs and still agrees with them, (although it may cause loose stools). They are seldom tempted by other drinks and particularly dislike carbonated drinks. Milk is always another good source of protein but should not be used as a substitute for meat. Any flavored drink should be avoided, as it only tends to irritate the kidneys, causing frequent urination and dehydration.  Water, fresh water, and plenty of it, is necessary for your pet.

In summary, for their health and safety, clean, fresh, cold water should always be available to your pets! www.waggingtails.com (860) 621-7387 (Pets) Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service of 21 years in ConnecticutWagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service