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Does your dog need a mid day walk?

How can I stop my dog jumping the fence and running    
away or have other issues when your away?
Dogs jump fences or have other issues for many different reasons such as:
He sees an animal or something else that he feels compelled to chase.
The dog sees a friendly person or dog she’d like to meet.
Maybe your dog is bored and looking for something to do, or looking for you. Some dogs can suffer
from separation anxiety

A dog could find it frightening to be left alone in a yard or home alone.
A dog might learn to associate the yard or home with anxiety, fear or loneliness.
Dogs can also wander to search for mates so it is important to talk to your vet about neutering
Sometimes dogs can hear things on the other side of the fence and jump over to investigate.
It is very important to work out the underlying cause for the jumping or destructive behavior. Knowing why a dog is jumping over a
fence or  is the first step to addressing the issue.
Make sure all of your dogs physical, social and behavioral needs are being met.
Is your dog is getting enough daily physical exercise? It’s important to provide daily exercise such as going
for a walk and/or visiting a dog park. This also provides your dog with new and interesting smells and
environments in which to seek and explore.
Are they receiving enough daily attention and social company?
Does your dog have environmental enrichment? Does your dog have safe dog toys to play with? If your dog
likes to dig, do they have a designated digging area?
Do they have food, water and shelter and a comfortable sleeping area? Do they have access to a toilet area?
Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety? You should talk to your vet for advice.
How long is your dog left on their own? If a dog is left for long periods alone this can lead to boredom and
frustration which can then lead to wandering and jumping or destructive behavior. Its important to minimize the time left alone in
the yard. Try organising for a dog walk in the middle of the day to break up the time period in the yard.
Is your dog neutered? Neutered dogs are more likely to not wander in order to find a mate to breed with so talk
to your vet about neutering it is healthier for you beloved pet too.
If you are in the yard with your dog it is unlikely they will try to jump the fence while you are there as
they usually prefer to stay with you. However if your dog looks interested in jumping, catch their attention by
calling them or grabbing their favourite toy or tasty food treat. When your dog responds to you and comes
towards you, always reward them for this. Continue to reward them when they move away from the fence and
come towards you.
In addition to ensuring all of your dogs needs are being met and ruling out other underlying causes for
jumping such as separation anxiety or searching for mates to breed with, here are a few suggestions to
prevent your dog even being able to jump the fence.
Use PVC plastic piping or large rubber tubes, at least 5 to 6 inches in diameter, cut lengthwise down
the centre. Place them along the top of your fence. This makes a curved, slippery surface that a dog
cannot get a grip on to get over the top of the fence.

Alternatively, place a small diameter PVC pipe inside a larger diameter pipe and hang these on a cable
How can I stop my dog jumping the fence and running away? suspended above the fence to create a roller bar which a dogs paws can not hold onto.
Erect a shorter, interior fence two or three feet from the outside fence, preventing him from getting a
running start. Plant shrubs a couple feet from the inside of the fence, again breaking that running
start.

Place “cat netting” along the fence at an angle so that your dog cannot get a foothold on the fence

For the love of Leilo

We got Leilo for my daughter’s birthday. Leilo a little pekineses  was at a pet store in a cage with her brother’s they were all playing very aggressively and she was getting picked on by both of them at the same time. So we say we did rescued poor Leilo from being trapped with her brother’s in that little cage. We brought home and she was so scared she would barely move and didn’t make a peep. As time went by she became more and more playful and a big part of our family. We grew so fond of her and wanted the best for her we decided to get her a sister. My daughter looked online and found site where a family had Pomeranians they had rescued from a breeding farm and they needed new homes. My daughter called and sure enough they had quite a few they had to fine new homes for. It wasn’t too far away so we all got in the truck to go check them out. We pulled up to a country home with a couple of out buildings and dog runs with little dogs mostly pomeranians but there were some other breeds there too. We took Leilo with us so she could pick out her new playmate. The nice woman who was trying to find theses little dogs new homes kept bringing out new ones for us to interact with but I think the first five wanted nothing to do with us or Leilo. Then she brought out a larger pomeranian named Kako and finally they hit it off Leilo and KK as we call her were instant buddies. So we did the paper work paid for her and were on our way with our newest family member KK . KK was from a breeding farm and wan’t use to being handled much or being a pet. When we got her home the first thing we did was get all of the mats out of her hair and she had some good ones and then she got her very first bath, she was so dirty the water turned brown. She did so well for never really being handled before except for vaccinations  but it was obvious she was still very unsure of her new surroundings. After she was dry we let them both outside so she could checkout her new yard but when it was time for them to come back in she didn’t and she wasn’t about to let us catch her again. Leilo realized what was going on and stepped into action. Leilo was like a cutting horse and KK was the steer it was so funny Leilo pinned KK up against the fenced held KK’s leg in her mouth until we could pick KK up my goodness we had no idea Leilo had that in her how smart is that? Since then KK has become a special member of our family too and love’s being a pet we call her the princess she is the sweetest little thing and a smarty too. I think Leilo has taught her well.  

All Dogs love going for rides

Dogs love going for car rides. They love to hang their heads out the window or ride in the back of a pick up. I love taking my little poochies for a ride considering that I don’t have to go in anywhere and leave them in the car especially when it’s warmer outside like it was yesterday. I think it was the hottest day of the year so far 78 degrees. The inside of a car can heat up extreamly fast when it starts getting warm out. I think the windows must magnify it and can overheat way too fast. Poor little dogs can have heat stroke too quickly just like leaving small children in the car can over heat them too quickly. Then there are big dogs riding around in the back of pick ups which they love to do. That would be great unless you have to swerve for some reason and I have personally witnessed that. Our neighbor swerved in front of us with his prized Labrador Jake in the bed of his truck, poor Jake didn’t stand a chance he flew into the grill of our tuck. Ron his owner immediately rushed Jake to the veterinarian where he underwent surgery on his leg which had to be pinned because his bone was crushed. Jake did heal and got around pretty well but he was never the same lovable Labrador that he was prior to his injury. He was quite grouchy and chased me into the house on more than one occasion.  So please consider what all can happen if you take your beloved pooch for a ride and keep them safe. 

They love me too…

Pets have a way of just melting your heart, they are just so darn cute. I’ve been walking Lola a Boston Terrier for about six weeks or so now and the last time I was there she gave me a little kiss while I was putting her harness on. It was adorable she seemed unsure when we started but she knows she can trust me now and how much I really value her, she is adorable. Last week one of the kitties I’ve been taking care of for months now came out from hiding to meet me finally. I was told I would see the other two but probably not Sophie she is just too shy. But last week while taking care of the rest of the furry family in the house Sophie came out to meet me. It was short lived though, I tried to take a picture to send to her people and she went back under the bed before I could get here picture taken. I was so thrilled that she finally came out to meet me. These little moments are just so enjoyable, I love it.