It’s Back to School Time – For Your Pet, Too

Pups are absolutely adorable—no argument there; however, these high-energy four-legged fur balls are also a lot of work. Although obedience training doesn’t sound like the most exciting part of your newfound friendship, it is definitely an essential task. If Fido is going to be your partner in crime, he’s going to have to learn the ropes!

The Precise team has three tips to keep your pup’s tail wagging through obedience training:

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Consistency: Repetition is the key to success when training your newest furry friend. When teaching them a new trick, it is important to repeat the same commands, tones and gestures each time, so your pup doesn’t get confused. Once your pup has mastered a new trick, be sure to exercise the skill often—practice makes perfect.

Confidence: When instructing your dog make sure they can hear the confidence in your voice and feel it in your actions. Dogs need to understand that you are in charge, not them. Make your words sharp and your actions purposeful. Following a successful execution of a command, be sure to use an uplifting and encouraging tone to congratulate your pet, reinforcing their good behavior.

Reward: Be sure to give your furry friend some incentive. We recommend giving our Healthy Habits treats a try! Your furry friend wants to make you happy, so make sure you’re being generous with your affection. Don’t be afraid to praise and treat your pet after mastering a command. Rewarding proper behavior will make your pup more likely to repeat the command. Also, be sure that you are only rewarding behavior you wish to see again.

Keep in mind that a puppy has a similar mentality to a small child. Just as you would expect children to make mistakes as they learn, you should prepare for your pup to have a few hiccups too. Pups tend to have fairly short attention spans, so it is important to keep training sessions short. Begin with the basic commands necessary for the pup to behave properly in social settings such as, sit, stay, come, drop, and heel. Once they have mastered those, you can move on to the fun stuff. They’ll be greeting your guests with a pawshake in no time!

What are your obedience training success stories? Share them in the comments below!

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Precise Welcomes Debbie Hammond to its Sales Management Team

Nacogdoches, TXAugust 19, 2016 – Precise Pet Products, manufacturer and supplier of all-natural canine and feline foods, recently welcomed Debbie Hammond to its sales team. Hammond will serve as the new sales manager for Precise in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

In her new position, Hammond will be responsible for managing and growing the sales of Precise Pet Products in the independent retail channel and within the regional chain accounts of her sales territory. She will also be working hand-in-hand with distributor personnel in these three states to cultivate customer relationships and promote brand awareness.

“Debbie is an experienced sales manager with an award-winning track record,” says Kirk Young, senior vice president of Precise Pet Products. “She is a highly motivated and knowledgeable, individual with a strong work ethic.  We’re excited to welcome her to our team of industry experts.”

Before joining Precise, Hammond held long-term positions with multiple pet product suppliers, including Nutro Products. Hammond also worked as a key account manager for Heineken USA, where she won numerous awards for exceeding her sales goals.

Hammond is looking forward to reconnecting and fostering new relationships with key pet industry personnel and accounts in her new position.

For more information about Precise Pet Products, please visit www.precisepet.com.

About Precise Pet Products
Precise Pet Products, a pet food division of Kodo, Inc., is a manufacturer and supplier of canine and feline foods made from all-natural ingredients produced mostly from U.S. sources. Currently located in Nacogdoches, Texas, Precise Pet Products provides pet foods that are safe and nutritious to North American pet owners. Using the latest in technology and testing capabilities, Precise Pet Products boasts a history of responsible pet food products. For more information, please visit www.precisepet.com.

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes – Sometimes They Wear Vests

It’s not a bird, a plane, or even Superman; these companions are the unsung heroes who use their nose and paws to help their human counterpart. This week, Precise is tipping our hats to assistance dogs all over the world.

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Assistance pups work to help people living with mental or physical disabilities by providing mobility services and enhancing their companion’s quality of life. These four-legged heroes include guide dogs, hearing dogs, and service dogs. They are trained to execute a variety of tasks for their owner—from turning the lights on and off to mitigating PTSD stressors, to alerting a diabetic of a drop in their blood sugar, even pulling a lightweight wheelchair.

In order to accomplish these tasks, the canine aides are trained as soon as they pass the puppy phase in basic commands: heeling, avoiding distractions, and task training. It takes anywhere from 18 to 24 months to completely train the dogs. The process for the human counterpart requires an application, a medical reference, and multiple interviews to be considered for selection. Based on individual mental and physical needs, its can take anywhere from one to four years after being selected to be matched with the perfect companion.

International Assistance Dogs Week (IADW) recognizes the loving labor of assistance dogs each year, and we are happy to do the same. Local and state governments often issue proclamations, and organizations host local events to honor these pups. Check out IADW events going on across the US, here.

How can you help pair-up these pups with a person in need? Donate to Assistance Dogs International, a coalition of non-profit organizations that help train and place assistance dogs with their new owners.

Now lets all raise a paw in salute to the valiant efforts of assistance dogs across the globe. Happy International Assistance Dogs Week!

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6 of Your Favorite Barbeque Foods That Are NOT Pet Friendly

Though July is behind us, the heat of summer rages on, which means there’s still ample time to heat up the grill for a big barbeque. Be sure to watch out for these six barbecue suspects that could quickly turn family fun into trouble for your furry friend.

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1 – Avocado

Perfect for appetizers, burger toppings, or salads, avocados are a summertime cookout favorite for humans, but are dangerous for our furry friends. Avocados contain persin which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and possibly breathing difficulties in pets. The pit, if swallowed, can also cause gastrointestinal blockages, leading to more serious issues.

2 – Alcohol

While controlled consumption of alcohol can be fun for adults, any consumption can spell trouble for kitties and pups. The effects of alcohol are much stronger for dogs and cats. Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nervous system depression, trouble breathing, comas, and in worst cases, even death in pets.

3 – Onion

Though onions are a staple garnish for burgers, hot dogs, salads and more—they cause anemia when consumed by pets, especially cats, giving them symptoms such as, weakness, vomiting, breathlessness, dullness, and a lack of interest in food.

4 – Corn on the Cob

Finger food, fun for all ages, but not for your furry family members. The cob may seem like a tasty chew toy, but they are easy to swallow and hard to see on an x-ray machine.

5 – Raw Meat/Fish

Raw meat and fish can seem like innocent scraps for your pet, as dogs were once wild animals and cats love fish, right? Unfortunately, these raw foods can contain bacteria such as Salmonella or E. Coli causing vomiting and diarrhea. Some of the enzymes in raw fish can even lead to neurological damage in cats.

6 – Fat Trimmings/Bones

Giving the by-products of the barbeque to your furry friends may seem like a great way to reduce waste and appease them, but your good intentions could have adverse effects. Fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis and bones, when ingested, can damage their digestive intestines.

If your furry friend is the life of the party, then moderated portions of cooked lean meats or watermelon are both safe options to let them have a taste of the fun. Fire up the grill, and get the party started—just remember to avoid these six foods around your furry friends.

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