The Lifetime Journey of Socializing Your Pup

Being a pup may seem like a happy-go-lucky gig, but for some of our furry friends, it can be a bit stressful. Learning and seeing new things each day can be quite the adventure; socializing your pet further helps teach them how to respond with less fear and stress to new experiences throughout their life.

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Here’s how to give your pet skills to cope with new situations:

Treats:

Not only do treats reinforce good behavior to our pets, they also serve as a form of comfort, and assurance. When socializing your pet in the future, be sure to grab a handful of treats to carry along your journey. To your pet, being rewarded with a treat will signify that they are acting appropriately, and the situation is positive. Might we recommend our Healthy Habit Treats?

Take them around town:

Adults aren’t the only ones who can have downtown fun. If your hometown or neighboring city is pet friendly, get your pup in on the action! Not only is the exercise worth the trip, your pet will be exposed to a variety of experiences and events while getting lots of love and attention from pets and people alike!

Here are some of the most pet-friendly cities in America and Canada. Did your city make the list?

Dog parks and neighborhood barks:

Like humans, pets need friends too. What better place to find a playmate than at your local dog park, or even in your neighborhood?! When setting up play dates for your furry friend, be sure to stay with them. Sometimes the fun can get a bit rowdy, and both pets need a bit of relaxation and water when the fun is done!

Remember, puppyhood is not the end of socialization. Be sure to keep your pet happy and healthy through adulthood by continuing to find new adventures to embark on together!

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Collar vs. Harness: Which is best for your pup?

Shopping for collars can be overwhelming these days. With all the harnesses, halters, and varying types of collars, it’s hard to know which equipment is best for your pet. Don’t worry, the Precise Team is here to help.

Collar vs. Harness

Collars

Simple and convenient, collars are certainly the most traditional option for walking and training pups. Collars are good for every day use on dogs of any size that don’t pull, tug or lunge, as these actions can put pressure on dogs’ necks and potentially cause injury.

Martingale collars, also known as slip collars or “greyhound” collars, are great for dogs that tend to slip out of their collars. This is usually a problem with dogs who have little to no size differentiation between their head and neck- we’re talking Greyhounds, Whippets, Pits, French Bulldogs and Bull Terriers. Martingale collars automatically tighten when pulled, laying flush with the neck and preventing your dog from getting loose.

Harnesses

Small dog breeds and dogs who pull, tug and lunge excessively are the best candidates for harnesses. Harnesses take the pressure off the neck, making them safer for dogs and easier to control for you. There are two main types of harnesses that cater to different canines’ needs:

Front clip harness: The best option for for larger breed dogs, front clip harnesses provide maximum control and come in handy when there’s a big mismatch in size, speed or strength between you and your dog.   A harness with the leash ring in the front middle of the dog’s chest lessens the force of your dog’s forward pull, and will gently turn him toward you.

Back clip harness: These are perfect for small and toy breed dogs, who don’t need the same amount of control as larger breeds. Back attaching harnesses don’t create the same pressure as front attaching harnesses do for large breed dogs and protect their tracheas are from bruising if they lunge or pull.

Whichever you decide is the best option for your companion; make sure your pup is always wearing identification and medical information in case they get lost.

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How to Spring Clean Pet Messes

We love our pets. What we don’t love is the mess that can sometimes make it’s way into our homes. Whether it’s pet dander, accidents, feeding time, tracking dirt or plundering, we’ve witnessed and smelt it all. Now it’s time for some spring-cleaning action, and some tips on how to maintain your home with furry friends.

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  • Is that pet hair? Or a new fur coat?:

Pet lovers and owners alike know all too well of the battle with the lint roller to remove pet dander from their clothes. To eliminate dander from your home, grab a pet friendly cleaning solution, and warm water. This combination will pick up what your duster and vacuum may leave behind! Purchasing a vacuum or lint remover specifically for pet dander removal will also help in your efforts.

Also, remember to look to the source. When your pet is regularly groomed, it can eliminate a lot of the dander! Grab a pet friendly brush with shaver, some pet shampoo, get outside and get to work!

  • Accidents happen:

And when they do, it’s never fun. If pets happen to relieve themselves inside of your home, be sure to clean the soiled area of the accident completely. Soak up the wet areas with paper towels repeatedly until the area is only damp. Then, clean the area with water and a pet odor neutralizer to eliminate the smell and stain. According to our friends at the American Humane Society, if your pet continues to smell their scent, they will return to the same area for round two. A helpful tip is to grab your urine soaked paper towels, and to put them inside of your pet’s litter box, or outdoor bathroom area to remind them of where to go when nature calls!

  • Spilling over the Precise:

Our pets love digging into their favorite formulas when it comes to feeding time, but unfortunately, sometimes their excitement spills over to the floor. The solution could be simpler than you think; your pet may need a new food bowl to accommodate their size or eating habits! Scroll down and check out our blog posts on pet bowls to help find a bowl that’s right for your pet! 

  • When outside becomes inside—Tracking in dirt:

If it’s been a rainy day or week, there is no avoiding the mud your pet will climb through to have some time outdoors. It’s time to stop them in their tracks…literally. Creating your own mittens for your pet’s feet may do the trick, or simply keep a towel, or pet mat at the door to clean them off before they come inside to rest. Let’s leave the paw prints forever in your heart, and not on the carpet!

What are your tips for cleaning up pet messes?

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Avoid These Pet Poisons

Everyone knows that what you feed your pet is essential to their health; that’s why our pet food is packed with high quality, nutritious ingredients. Recognizing what you should avoid feeding your pet is just as important. In honor of Pet Poison Prevention Month, the Precise Team has compiled a list of dangerous household substances that should be kept away from your pets. Some may be obvious to you, but some may surprise you. So keep your furry friend safe and healthy by avoiding these pet poisons:

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  • Medications / Supplements

Never attempt to medicate your pet using human products without contacting your veterinarian first. Anti-depressants and common over the counter drugs containing acetaminophen (Tylenol), or NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin) can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers or kidney failure in cats and dogs. Vitamins and supplements like Vitamin D, iron and alpha-lipoic acid are also toxic to pets.

  • People Food

Animals have different metabolisms than people. That’s why foods that are perfectly safe for humans can be dangerous and potentially fatal for your companion. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the most dangerous people foods pets should avoid are chocolate, alcohol, avocados, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, grapes and raisins, caffeine and xylitol (a sweetener found in sugar-free gum, candy and toothpaste).

  • Plants

They might look pretty, but not all plants are pet-friendly. Lilies are the most poisonous of household plants (especially to cats)- even a couple of petals can be fatal. Other toxic plants include tulips, daffodils, azaleas and oleander. In the future, remove any of these poisonous plants from your bouquets to keep your furry friend safe.

  • Household Cleaners

Not only are cleaners like bleach poisonous to people, they’re also the leading cause of pet poisoning. To be safe, keep your pets out of the room while using cleaning products, and be sure to close toilet lids to prevent drinking toilet water, especially if you use automatic bowl cleaners.

  • Glue

When kids play around with glue, its cute. When pets play around with glue, its dangerous. Believe it or not, some glues expand after ingestion and require surgical removal. According to Pet Poison Hotline, just one ounce of glue can expand to the size of a basketball in your pet’s stomach.

Think your pet might have ingested something harmful? Stay calm. Contact your veterinarian, the Pet Poison Hotline (1-800-213-6680), or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) immediately. If you know what your pet ingested, it’s important to have the container, package, or label ready for quick identification of suspected substances.

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