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9 Tips for Potty Training a Stubborn Dog

How To Potty Train Stubborn DogIf you are new pet owner then potty training your dog should be at the top of your to do list. Especially if you don’t want your entire house smelling like a porta potty. Cleaning up your dog’s #1 and #2 business is a fact of life. But what if your adorable pup is also stubborn and refuses to take it outside? Well, we have a few tips from our friends at ehow just for you! With love and patience your dog will soon be doing his business outdoors instead of on your newly polished wood floors or soiling your carpet.

1. Limit Dog’s Home Access. Prepare an area where your dog has limited access in your home. This might involve putting up a toddler gate across a doorway or keeping him a kitchen or a laundry room. His area should have only solid surface flooring, no carpeting. Put his crate in the area. Your dog’s crate must be big enough that he can comfortably stand, turn around and stretch out when lying down

2. Potty Training Pads are Lifesavers! Place newspapers on a large part of the floor in her area and place a potty training pad in the middle. These pads are treated with pheromones that tell your dog to “go here.” Make a separate feeding area, preferably outside for now, although you must provide fresh water for your dog at least once per hour.

3. Devise a feeding and napping schedule. Stubborn dogs are often used to eating and napping on their own schedule, which leads to them assuming they can do whatever they like, whenever they choose. Puppies need to eat at least three times a day; older dogs should have two mealtimes. Until your dog is housebroken, his napping and overnight sleep times must be carefully controlled, as well.

4. Potty Break Immediately After Nap & Meal time. Take your dog to the newspaper or outside (preferably) to eliminate immediately after she wakes up from a nap or as soon as she finishes eating. The younger your dog is, the more important it is to move her quickly after these two activities to her elimination spot. This is where patience and consistency come in. Stay with your dog, either in the yard or while on leash and tell him, “Go potty.” Allow her to sniff the ground and walk about until she goes.

5. Reward With Tasty Treat. Keep treats in your pocket and reward your dog with one as soon as he goes in the right spot. Lavish praise upon him, saying, “Good potty, good potty” so he understands the relationship between his potty and your praise.

6. Crate your dog until she learns to go in the correct spot. Crating is not inhumane if done correctly. In fact, dogs come to love their crates and often go there of their own accord to get away from people and other animals. However, you must keep your dog in her crate no longer than a couple of hours at a time during the day and no more than six hours overnight. Each time you let her out; take her immediately to his potty spot.

7. Stay consistent. Stubborn dogs need strict adherence to schedules and limitations. You dog wants to please you but you have to teach him how. Older dogs need not be difficult to train if you are consistent in your methods.


1. Clean up potty accidents immediately. Dogs use their noses as indicators of where to go potty and when they smell residual urine odors, they naturally think that is the place to go. Take a potty accident to his potty pad or outdoors and leave it there. Some dog breeds are notorious for being stubborn when housebreaking. If you have trouble with a terrier, a pointer, a setter or a Chihuahua, you must be extra consistent with the dog’s sleeping, eating and potty walking schedule. Just one slip-up can set you back to square one.

2. Practice Patience & Kind Words. Avoid using harsh words or smacking a dog that has a potty mistake, they learn better when they are not screamed at or hit. A dog who was potty trained but suddenly begins having accidents may have a medical condition. See your veterinarian to rule out any physical problems.

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6 Dog Food Allergy Symptoms: 101 Dog Care Tips

foodallergyFood allergies and sensitivities are all to common in the canine world now a days which is cause for concern for loving pet owners like you and me.  Some of the common allergens in dog food include: beef, dairy, chicken, lamb, wheat, eggs, corn, soy, and whey. Before you can start treating your dog for food allergies you must first be able to recognize the symptoms. So, what are the tail tell signs & symptoms of a food allergy? Good question! Here are a few food intolerant symptoms that all pet owners must be aware in order to get your dog on the road to recovery.

1. Itchy skin. Excessive scratching, especially around the face.

2. Ear Infections. Recurrent ear infections that cause itching, swelling and a foul odor can be a tail tell sign your dog may be suffering from a food allergy

3. Hot Spots. Ulcerated, painful, itchy, hairless, & irritated sores on your dogs legs, paws, fur & coat which may worsen due to your dogs incessant licking & scratching.

4. Chronic Skin Infections. Ongoing skin infections may result from food allergies left untreated.

5. Diarrhea & constant bowl movements. Typical dogs have 1-2 bowl movements a day, if your dog is three or more this can signal a food allergy. Not to mention if your dogs bowl movements are runny.
6. Behavioral Changes. Perhaps your dog is not his happy go lucky self but rather grumpy & lethargic (lack energy & tired).
Now that you know the symptoms of food allergies speak with your vet about having your dog tested for allergies. You can even do a process of elimination food trial to monitor your dogs diet. What you do is go back to the basics by giving your dog a bland meal in which you gradually add ingredients back into his or her diet. This will help you eliminate & pinpoint certain components of your dog’s diet causing the allergy. As always don’t forget to read dog food labels to make sure your dogs food is allergen free.


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  • Itchy skin is the most common symptom of dog allergies. Watch for excessive scratching, especially around the face.

Recurrent Ear Infections

  • If your dog suffers from recurrent ear infections and you can’t find the cause, it could be a food allergy. Ear infections cause itching, swelling and a foul odor.

Hot Spots

  • Ulcerated sores known as hot spots may appear, especially on the legs or feet. Your dog may lick these spots incessantly, making them worse.

Chronic Skin Infections

  • Chronic, ongoing skin infections often plague dogs with food allergies. Yeast is often the culprit.

Increased Bowel Movements

  • If your dog has three or more bowel movements a day, it could be a sign of a food allergy. Typical dogs have one or two bowel movements a day.

101 Dog Care Tips: Spring Dog Care

shutterstock_105896411We are approaching spring and with that comes walks through the park, maybe a jog, and dangers that you should be aware of.

Heart-worm is caused by mosquitoes and can be fatal for our pooches.  Spring time is a major time for this because of the weather warming up and the mosquitoes becoming more active.  There are many products out on the market that can prevent this.  Check with your vet to find out which one is right for your dog.

As the weather warms up, we also need to monitor our dogs tolerance for heat and the sun.  Some dogs like pugs and bull dogs can not tolerate the heat for very long and can actually become dehydrated and get heat stoke.  Dogs can also get sunburn, like us, so monitor the amount of sun that your pooch gets.

Also be aware that it is also approaching flea and tick season.  There are many holistic flea and tick medicines that your vet can recommend.  Although it is recommended to treat your pet for fleas and ticks all year round, we are approaching the season when this medication is most necessary.

Although we think that fairs and concerts are a great bonding experience for us and our dogs, the noise and commotion can be stressful for your pups.  These are places that should be avoided for long periods of time.

Dogs love spring and summer because it means more outdoor time and more time to release all of that pent up winter energy.  By keeping tabs and following these few tips, you can ensure a safe and happy season for you and your pooch.

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101 Dog Care Tips: Cleaning Your Dogs Ears

shutterstock_94289068Cleaning your dogs ears can be a bad experience for both the pooch and the owner.  However, keeping your dog’s ears clean is the best way to prevent against potential health hazards such as ear mites, ear infections and wax build up.  In addition, infections and build-up can affect their ability to hear.

To reduce your dog’s risk for experiencing any of these problems perform a routine ear check.  This is best done on a weekly basis. Below are some helpful hints as to what you should be looking for when checking your dog’s ears:

  • Check the ear for any dirt, wax, foreign objects, or redness in the ear canal.
  • Smell your dog’s ear; if there is a foul smell present, this is usually indicative of a more serious problem.
  • Mites, fleas and ticks like the dark, moist inaccessible area of your dog’s ear.
  • Check for a waxy substance in your dog’s ears, it will almost look like dark brown coffee grinds.

If you think your dog may have any of these symptoms listed above it is imperative that you call and make an appointment to see your Veterinarian. These things can cause serious issues and get worse as they progress.

There are many ear cleaners out on the market, some which are a cleaning solution and rinse aid.  They work great for in between vet visits and really make a difference.  We do not recommend the use of soap and water or Qtips because they can damage the ear canal.

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101 Dog Care Tips: Dog Nail Care

shutterstock_113046964Many people have severe anxiety about cutting their pooches nails, but it might be easier than you think. Have a groomer or your veterinarian show you how to do it. Most pet stores sell a special dog nail clipper. In addition, there is a new tool out called the “Pedi-Paw” which is supposed to gently file your pups nails down over time.  We have tried the tool and found that the noise from the tool itself puts our boys on edge, so we just went back to the traditional method of clipping with clippers.  It is important to try a few things out and figure out which one works best for you and your pooch!

The blood supply to the dog’s nail is called the “quick”. If your dog’s nails are too long and you immediately cut to the length you think they should be, you will cut into the quick and cause your dog’s nail to bleed. Although this is not a serious problem, it can be painful for your pooch and can make for a royal mess around the house.  Most people keep some styptic powder or quick gel on hand to cauterize the bleeding if necessary.

The trick to trimming dog toenails is to train the quick to retreat backward. Remember, simply cutting a large chunk of the dog’s nail is risky and can cause the nail to bleed. Instead, use the following method to avoid cutting the quick.

Cut or file the dog’s nails only a little bit every couple of days. This will cause the blood supply to get shorter at the same time as the nail is being shortened. Many also recommend regular walks, which encourages the quick to retreat and will mean that you will have less of a chance of nipping it.  When you get the nail to the length you would like to maintain, clip every few weeks or as often as necessary to maintain that length. This will prevent the quick from growing too long and prevent the nail from bleeding.

Nail clipping can be a stressful for event your pooch so make sure to give them a reward like a dog treat or dog chew to encourage them.

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