Celebrating National Dog Week

Celebrating National Dog Week

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, National Dog Week! As canine lovers we hardly feel there is a week full of more love, fur, and slobbery kisses than this one. We have an entire week to celebrate the beloved pups that make our lives full, but what the heck IS National Dog Week? NDW is dedicated to celebrating dogs and generating awareness of causes that focus on improving the lives of all dogs. Human personal education and mindfulness as a dog owner, lover, or even an acquaintance is as much a part of this special week as celebrating the dogs themselves. Without further ado let’s jump into how to celebrate this glorious week, shall we?

Volunteer

Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer! Local dog shelters and dog adoption organizations always need volunteers especially those passionate about our furry friends! This is something we can do all year round but if you are looking to give it a try for the first time what better time to start?  This is a great option for individuals and families with older children to make a big impact right in their own town. Becoming a foster home is also an excellent way to volunteer. Bringing a homeless pup into your life while they wait for their forever home is one of the most rewarding ways to help the dog community. As a starting point below is a list of a few local volunteer opportunities.  Happy Volunteering!

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Friends of Plymouth Pound (Plymouth, MA)          www.Friendsplymouthpound.org

Papas Pet Project (Manomet, MA)          https://papaspets.org/          774-205-5151

Helping Hands for Plymouth Animal Shelter (Plymouth, MA)         508-888-1186

          www.helpinghandsforpas.org

          [email protected]

Standish Humane Society (Duxbury, MA)          www.standishhumane.org          781-834-4663

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Support Local

Celebrate Dog Week by supporting the places your dog likes to shop. Head to your locally owned pet supply store for those special treats for Fido or that new rope toy for Gino. Stores like Papas Pet Project in Manomet, MA are non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of animals. Supporting local businesses with a passion for helping the dog community is like donating and pleasing your pup at the same time, it’s a win-win! Local pet supply stores often have volunteer opportunities as well as strong ties to animal advocacy/adoption organizations. Get to know the locally owned pet shops near you and discover ways you can become involved. If you are in the Plymouth area check out Papas Pet Project & Pet Supplies Plus.

Donate

Donations are the life blood of local shelters, adoption agencies, and advocacy organizations, during National Dog Week and all year long. Whether you donate your time as a volunteer or your money these organizations can’t do what they do without you! Research organizations that interest you and find one that aligns with your beliefs when it comes to the dog community, such as adopting less adoptable dogs or groups with a mission for stopping animal cruelty. Wherever your dog passion lies there is a place to match for you to donate.

Library dog beagle with glasses

Education

Celebrate National Dog Week by giving yourself the gift of education. Read books, blogs and articles dedicated to awareness in the dog community. Discover how you can be an advocate for dogs in a sustainable way all year long. Take some time to understand your own dog or any dogs you encounter regularly. Get to know the breed/mix, learn how to be the best dog owner/friend you can be! Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, what you learn will translate into your daily dog loving life. From understanding the current needs of your local shelters to learning how you can socialize your own dog the list of things to learn is endless!

Break the mold

Okay, so we have talked a lot about how to help the dog community but what about the precious pup in your home? Branch out from your dog’s regular routine and explore new places, friends, and fun! Try a dog friendly trail that is new to you and your pooch (see Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA Part: 1 & Part 2 for local options). Eat out at a restaurant that loves when you bring your pup, like Stack Shack in Plymouth. Head to the dog park to meet new friends! Does your dog LOVE a special type of bone they only get on Christmas or their birthday? Treat them to one or two during a week devoted entirely to them! Break the mold of your dog’s normal routine and spice it up for them this week.

party dog brown dog with party hat

Time to Celebrate!

National Dog Week is here and it’s time to get out there and celebrate! Whether you volunteer your time, donate, support local, educate yourself, or get out there and experience new people, places and things with your fur baby there is no better time. During your newfound advocacy don’t forget to provide some special touches for the pup that loves you unconditionally at home. Fun new toys and tasty treats go a long way with our fur babies. Let us know how you are choosing to celebrate National Dog Week; we can’t wait to hear from you!

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

JAC Mascots Misha Quinn brown newfies

Sources

dog.com – National Dog Week article

https://www.facebook.com/NatDogWeek/

 

Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA: Part 2

Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA: Part 2

The sun is out, a light chill fills the air, and the tourists have all gone home. It is a perfect day to explore a dog friendly trail with your precious pooch right here in Plymouth. Summer has faded fast and fall is quickly approaching which means our furry friends are once again welcome to roam on most beaches and trails, yay! If you are looking to spice up your routine with Buster or get Lucy out for a nice run why not hit a wide, well maintained, trail that offers scenic views just minutes from home. On the surface our town is stunning, this we know, but hidden throughout its 100 square miles are trails you never knew Plymouth had to offer. Did you catch Part 1 of our Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth series? Learn about 5 more totally PAWesome trails that you and your pup will love here.

What to pack?

Anytime we take our dog somewhere there are basics we want to have on hand, right? For example, we can all agree that it is never a good idea to leave home without poop bags. But what about when you are planning for a long-distance hike in a pretty remote location? When you are preparing for a venture to one of these trail locations the list of essentials is a bit more extensive. Being prepared is paramount to ensure the safety of you and your pup as you embark on your new adventures. Download our FREE list of Excursion Essentials for Your Pup and share with friends!

Plymouth MA wooded area

5 Plymouth Hiking/Walking Trails

ATTENTION: Check the Massachusetts Toxic Algae Pond Advisory list before you or your dog enter or drink the water of any pond listed in the following descriptions.

Little Pond Loop @ Morton Park

We could not resist starting the list off with Little Pond Loop at Morton Park. The towering forestry and beautiful blue water of Lout Pond and Billington Sea are unlike any other trail views in Plymouth! The wide, well worn paths make for easy use and keeps social distancing effortless. There are picnic tables and a recreational area near the parking lot at the main entrance. Your pup is sure to enjoy running the open trails and taking a dip before the car ride home. The trail itself is not clearly marked so if you are not interested in exploring a few paths that lead to nowhere we suggest downloading the All Trails app to ensure your 2.7 miles does not turn into 5+. Overall, the beauty, easy to use trails, and variety of activity options in Morton Park make this trail a must use!

Trail Length: 2.7 miles

Address: Morton Park Rd.

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Large lot just down from the main entrance

Map: Morton Park Trail

Mascot Misha at Plymouth Pond

Cranberry Bogs via Eel River Preserve Trail

If you love observing nature this is the trail for you! The abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat all along this trail is well worth the low land sludge you may encounter. The trail is low lying land so depending on recent weather patterns it may be quite muddy. If you are looking for a lesser known trail to explore all to yourself, this is the way to go! Excellent option for dogs who do not prefer the company of other dogs or humans. Come prepared with your waterproof shoes and bug spray to make this trail a positive experience.

Trail Length: 2.2 miles

Address: 204 Long Pond Rd. Plymouth, MA

Route Type: Loop

Parking: In lot at 204 Long Pond Rd.

Map: Eel River Preserve Trail

East Head Pond Trail @ Myles Standish

Rated the number 1 trail in all of Plymouth according to All Trails, East Head Pond Trail will not disappoint. This picturesque trail leads you around the full loop of East Head Pond. Stunning views of the water and blooming flowers are sure to keep your attention throughout the entire 2.6-mile loop. The flat terrain makes it an excellent choice for all skill levels and all size dogs. Its easy use and clearly marked signs will keep you on the right path without a second thought about it. Note that the trail is a bit narrow, but the light foot traffic makes social distancing easy. Wonderful choice for the whole family!

Trail Length: 2.6 miles

Address: 194 Cranberry Rd. (area of)

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Parking areas along the entrance of the State Park

Map: East Head Pond Trail/Myles Standish

Smiling big white dog with dog walker

Bentley Loop @ Myles Standish

Measuring in at just under 4 miles, Bentley’s Loop will get the blood pumping and lungs working for you and your pooch. Popular activities on this trail include mountain biking, horseback riding and of course hiking. Most importantly, dogs are more than welcome but must be kept on leash for this loop. Soak up the lovely seasonal flowers and foliage while catching a glimpse of the many varieties of birds who occupy this area. On a trail nearly 4 miles clearly marked navigation signs are a must and Bentley’s Loop does an excellent job of it. While there is no direct access for pond swimming there are a few access paths that lead to various small ponds for you and your pup to take a dip. Be sure to check the list of local Toxic Algae Ponds before letting your dog (or you) dive in.

Trail Length: 3.8 miles

Address: 194 Cranberry Rd (area of)

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Parking area near east entrance off Upper College Pond Rd..

Map: Bentley Loop/Myles Standish

Gramp’s Loop Trail @ Halfway Pond Conservation

Enjoy the gentle hills and impressive forestry while exploring 2 miles of well-kept trail. The hills increase in some areas of this trail making it ideal for larger dogs or fur babies not so low to the ground. Sneak peaks of Halfway Pond and benches at the most opportune times make Gramp’s Loop a wonderful spot for picnicking or an afternoon relaxing in the great outdoors. This is a lightly trafficked trail with clearly marked navigation signs to ensure you are never lost. Dogs are welcome here year-round, so don’t miss out on this hidden gem!

Trail Length: 2 miles

Address: Mast Rd. Plymouth, MA (area of)

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Parking area at entrance of the Conservation off Mast Rd.

Google Maps directions HERE

Map: Gramp’s Loop/Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Tick Check? You bet!

Don’t forget to do a tick check on your pup as well as yourself after every trail adventure. No time of year is 100% free from ticks as they can survive in temperatures as low as freezing. Even if your pet is on a tick preventative you should still give them a once over after having been in wooded and thickly settled areas. Don’t let a splendid adventure turn into a pest nightmare for you or your furry friend. Need more information about ticks? Check out our Blogs 6 Tips to Keep Your Dog and Cat Flea- and Tick-Free and Ticks Trailside

We’d love to hear from you!

Have you been convinced to get out there with your pup and start exploring? Are you feeling reinvigorated to try a new trail in Plymouth? Comment below with your favorite trails, comments, or questions about the trails we talked about today, let us know if you visit one of them. Check back for more local trail info soon!

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

Resources:

www.Alltrails.com

https://www.plymouth-ma.gov/marine-and-environmental-affairs/pages/town-plymouth-trail-maps

https://www.mass.gov/alerts/harmful-cyanobacterial-bloom-advisories-in-massachusetts#undefined

6 Ways to Keep Your Cat Happy

6 Ways to Keep Your Cat Happy

A happy cat means a happy cat mom or cat dad, right?! Keeping our furry felines happy is the top priority for us cat lovers. No matter the personality type, if they are indoor or outdoor cats, rescues or purebred, all cats deserve to be genuinely happy. Making our kitties leap for joy on a regular basis is important but what does it mean to have a cat who is truly happy? Knowing what to look for in your cat when gauging their happiness is a key component to keeping them delighted. As we focus on happiness here, we are excited to reveal the top ways to keep our kitties healthy coming soon! Stay tuned right here. Check out our free Signs of a Happy Cat infographic to share with your fellow cat lovers!

Signs of a Happy Cat

  • Vocal cues such as purring and talking.
  • Being playful with you or other pets in the home. Bringing you toys or their hunt is also a particularly good thing, according to them.
  • Grooming remains a top priority for happy cats giving them a healthy appearance.
  • Having a good appetite and eating well at each meal.
  • Snuggles, kneading, “making biscuits”, Star Paws, rubbing against your legs, and napping in your lap are all loving signs they are pleased.
  • Sleeping socially with people and other pets in your home.
  • Resting or sleeping with their paws tucked under their body is a relaxed posture for cats.

Are you seeing these signs in your cat? Maybe you are noticing only a few, or none at all. No matter where your cat falls on the happiness scale there is always room for improvement when it comes to our precious fur babies. These 6 tips will not only promote daily happiness in your kitty cat’s life but will also give you, their trusted servant, peace of mind knowing your cat is living a truly fulfilled life.

1.      Spay and Neuter

Getting your cat spayed or neutered, even for those indoor-only kitties, is necessary. Have your cat “fixed” to help control the homeless cat population. You also avoid certain types of cancers in your kitty when you spay and neuter, such as breast cancer and testicular cancer, and even uterine infections decrease. Your cat will be less likely to escape/runaway as they will no longer go into heat after this procedure. Cats who have been spayed or neutered behave better overall than those who have not, which makes a happier and healthier kitty.

2.      Tree Time (indoors)

Cats were made to climb. We don’t always love it when they climb our beautiful furniture so we must give them ways to exercise that part of their natural instinct. Cat trees give your cat an excellent way to scratch the invisible itch to climb, plus it doubles as an actual scratch pole. These trees come in a variety of sizes and shapes and can accommodate multiple cats. When possible place your tower near a window so they can enjoy the view and happenings of the great outdoors while getting their climb on.

3 happy cats on cat tree

3.      Love & Play

Okay okay…if we must, right? Giving our cat love and positive attention is one of the simplest ways to keep your cat happy. Take time every day to play with them. Use toys that they can stalk, pounce and chase to really tucker them out. A tired cat is a happy cat. When you are not around, leave out safe toys for them to play with such as a cardboard box. Boy does this simple and free toy provide hours of entertainment for our feline friends! Switch up what you leave out every few days to keep it feeling fresh and new for your fur baby.

4.      Catio

Yes, you read that right, catio. By definition, a catio is a safe outdoor enclosure for housecats. You can really get creative on this one and gear your catio design towards the things your kitty cat loves the most. For example, if your cat favors climbing you can create multiple levels and platforms within their catio to climb to their heart’s content. Being in the fresh air, with natural sights and sounds that they are intuitively drawn to is the highest form of positive stimulation our furry friends can have. A catio offers your feline the most closely related experience to their natural habitat while keeping them safe. Don’t have one? Get one!

cat outdoor enclosure

5.      Pets in Pairs

Consider getting more than one cat. Most cats are quite social and benefit greatly when they are not the only cat in the house. When introduced properly adding a second cat to the household can be a wonderful experience for everyone. Having a companion to play with, snuggle with, and enjoy the day to day festivities alongside provides a feeling of fulfillment for them. If you are considering getting a cat or already have one why not make it two?

6.      Bird Viewing Station

Even well-fed domesticated cats have the natural attraction to small prey like birds. Indulge that attraction by creating a bird viewing station for them. Set up a birdfeeder or bird bath right outside the window of your choosing. Then sit back and relax while your ferocious kitty enjoys hours of tweety bird entertainment.

pet sitter petting kitty with white paw on leg

Increasing the happiness in your cat is simple. Get them spayed or neutered to set the tone for a happy life. Offer them your love, get creative with their window spaces and even the great outdoors. Consider a feline companion and always keep their natural instincts in mind when creating spaces for them. With these tips your cat’s happiness will be off the charts! Now that your cat will undoubtedly be living their happiest life stay tuned because you won’t want to miss our 5 Tips for a Healthy Cat.

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

Resources:

www.humanesociety.org

www.catiospaces.com

www.chewy.com

www.amazon.com

 

Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA: Part 1

Dog Friendly Trails in Plymouth, MA: Part 1

September is Responsible Dog Owner month and what better way to exercise (pun intended) our dog owner responsibility than taking our fun-loving fur baby out for a hike along our favorite Plymouth trails! We shared the TOP 3 benefits of exercise for your dog in our blog, 5 Reasons to say YES to hiring a Dog Walker, if you haven’t already check it out. We know getting our pups out in the fresh air and physically engaged is important, right? Well if you are like me you may know how important that aspect is as a dog owner, but you are not sure WHERE to go. Plymouth is packed full of fabulous trails just waiting for you and your pooch to explore! Whether you have an elderly dog who just needs a short, leisurely stroll or a 2-year-old yellow lab ready to run miles and miles, there is a trail just for them!

Why a trail?

Okay, so you have a routine with your dog that you are completely happy with. You just don’t see the point of going to a trail when your dog is not much of a walker. Venturing to a new place seems time consuming and you can’t squeeze in a trail blazing adventure. Well before we spill the beans on all the AMAZING trails in our town here’s some benefits of hitting a trail with your four-legged friend to win you over…

Benefits of hiking a trail with your dog

  • Mental Stimulation

    Offering your pup a new place with new sights and smells will give them the ultimate mental stimulation boost! Think of it as a natural shot of Happy Juice. After days, weeks and even months on end of barking at the same squirrel in their yard or making the mailman nearly jump out of his boots time and time again THIS mental stimulation is the thrill your pupper is looking for.

  • Revitalize your pooch

    Imagine if you only ever went two places: Your home and a walk around the neighborhood. Well, I guess we can all relate to that now more than ever (Thanks, COVID) but what if that was your entire life? Seeking out new trails to explore with your pup will make them feel revitalized and happier at home!

  • Improves overall health

    That’s right! Exercise is the number one contributor to a dog’s health, from helping their daily digestion to improving behavior at home. A well exercised dog is a well-rounded dog. Exploring a new place (trail) together will build your dog’s confidence when they encounter new people, meet other dogs, and are immersed in a different environment. These experiences will deepen the bond between you and your best friend and enhance your life together.

  • Get to know your town

    We have all heard the statistics of our beautiful Plymouth, right? She’s 100 square miles, aka HUGE! She has 365 ponds, one for every day of the year. Likewise, Plymouth is full of dozens of trails…but do you know where they are or what is special about each one? Exploring the fabulous trails she has to offer is a way to pay tribute and really get to know this wonderful place we call home.

Have we convinced you it’s worth the outing? We thought so! Prepare to fall even more in love with Plymouth. Without further ado, here are 5 of the top dog friendly trails in Plymouth, MA.

happy white dog on trail

5 Plymouth Hiking/Walking Trails

1. Ellisville Harbor State Park

The Ellisville Harbor trail is one of the most dog friendly trails around. The chances of hitting this trail without a dog encounter is slim to none and that’s just the way we like it! The path itself is straightforward so for anyone who tends to get lost, this trail is for you! The out and back design and well-worn paths make it an easy route to follow. Enjoy a water and snack break at the lookout, complete with a picnic table! Depending on the time of year the views of the water and marsh are fantastic! And let’s not forget the sandy bottom leading to the ocean herself at the turn around point. Note the beach itself is not dog friendly from April 1st-Sept. 15th (except service animals), but you can certainly take in the sights and scents before making your way back. There are a few tricky spots along the trail and a pretty steep incline about 3/4 of the way in so hiking shoes are recommended. This nearly one-mile trail is a perfect choice for anyone looking to try out hiking with their pup for the first time or anyone who needs to keep their hike short and straight forward. Please note: a couple of our dog walkers report finding ticks on pets taken on this trail, so be sure you and your pup are protected and do a thorough check for these pests post-walk.

Trail Length: 0.9 miles

Route Type: Out & Back

Parking: Large Dirt lot in from of Ellisville Harbor State Park

Address: 1861 State Rd, Plymouth, MA

Directions:Ellisville Harbor State Park

 

2. Hedges Pond Loop (at Hedges Pond Recreational Area and Preserve)

Hedges Pond loop is a gorgeous dog friendly spot and the pond itself is one of the cleanest and most swimmable in all of Plymouth. This trail is not paved but is kept in excellent condition. The debris and roots are cleared regularly, and the terrain is not too steep making it very user friendly. If you are making it a family outing there is also a playground area for the kids as well as picnic tables! The summer months do require a Beach Sticker or payment on site to enter the premises. If you want to avoid paying to use the trail the off season is an equally delightful experience. As locals, we often love when fall rolls in and things settle down in all our favorite places. This spot is a must see no matter what season you enjoy it! Don’t forget to pick up and dispose properly of your dog’s poop, this trail tends to have a few #2’s to dodge. Note: Dogs are often off leash on this trail so if that is something that will make you or your dog uncomfortable this probably isn’t the trail for you.

Trail Length: 1.6 miles

Trail Type: Loop

Parking: Public Parking in the entrance lot (paid parking during summer season)

Address: 158 Hedge’s Pond Road, Plymouth, MA

Directions: Hedges Pond Loop

 

3. Plymouth Town Forest Trail

If you are looking to get in you and your pups 10,000 steps for the day this is the trail for you. On this 3-mile loop you and your dog may just have the whole place to yourselves. Enjoy a well-maintained path with clearly marked signs making it easy to navigate. There are a few ponds along the trail as well that offer beautiful views. Great South Pond is a perfect place to stop for a picnic or quick break in your walk. With the minimal foot traffic this is a great trail choice for dogs who do not engage well with others when out and about on leash. This trail is open year-round for hiking, bird watching, and even a little horseback riding!

Trail Length: 3 miles

Route Type: Loop

Parking: Small dirt lot at Drew Rd. and Long Pond

Address: 127 Long Pond Road (area of) Plymouth, MA

Directions: Plymouth Town Forest Trail

 

4. Cape Cod Canal

Although not technically in Plymouth, the Cape Cod Canal is the most trafficked trail in the Plymouth Area. The flat asphalt path is excellent for both people and dogs who don’t enjoy exploring rough terrain or being out in the woods. Dogs must be kept on a leash but be prepared for social hour for your pup. The Canal is a popular place for bringing four legged friends so there is no shortage of other dogs to say hello to. Have a small or elderly dog who doesn’t need a ton of exercise, but you are looking to amp up your steps? This trail is perfect for strollers and wagons, so load up the pup in their chariot of choice and get out there to explore the most scenic trail around! That’s correct, THE MOST SCENIC TRAIL AROUND! Enjoy waterfront views that run the full length of the trail making this spot a sight to see no matter which area of the trail you use.

Trail Length: 7 miles (one way); 14 miles (down and back)

Route Type: Out & Back

Parking: Multiple lots running along the length of the canal.

Address: Bourne Scenic Highway, Bourne, MA

Directions: Cape Cod Canal

 

5. Plymouth Harbor Trail (at Nelson Memorial Park)

The Plymouth Harbor Trail is another fabulously flat and mostly paved path for anyone looking to stay close to sea level. While a popular spot you will see far less occupants both two and four legged on this trail than on the Cape Cod Canal. So, if you are looking for a little more peace and quiet but need the easy to use pathway this is an excellent choice. Portions of this trail also come with impeccable shoreline views. Easy access from Nelson Memorial Park complete with free parking. This is another always dog friendly, must remain on leash, kind of trail.

Trail Length: 2.9 miles

Route Type: Out & Back

Parking: Nelson Memorial Park parking lot

Address: 235 Water St, Plymouth, MA

Directions: Plymouth Harbor Trail at Nelson Park

clean up after pets sign on Plymouth trail

Trail Etiquette

Every dog owner is different but when it comes to K9 interactions and proper poop disposal those are two things that we should ALL do! When you and your pup are out exploring and enjoying one of these gorgeous trails remember that we all must do our part to keep them that way. Not only should you be bagging your pupper’s poop every time, if there is not a trash barrel in the vicinity you must take it with you. All of the trails described above have designated waste barrels. They may not be right where you are when your pup does his duty but keep your eyes peeled and you are bound to run across one before getting back to your vehicle.

In addition to poop duty it is important to remember that not all dogs are alike. Some do not do well being approached on leash or at all. Be respectful of other owners and their dogs by verbalizing if it is okay for your pup to approach them for a greeting. Respect their answer and remember we are all out there just doing the best we can for our dogs and their health.

Stay tuned!

Have you been convinced to get out there with your pup and start exploring? Are you feeling reinvigorated to try a new trail in Plymouth? Comment below with your favorite trails, comments or questions about the trails we talked about today, and let us know if you visit one of them. Stay tuned because we will be sharing 5 more fabulous trails in another blog very soon!

small dog on Plymouth trail

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking , Dog Hiking, and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

Resources:

www.alltrails.com Excellent app for finding and using trails all over the country. Read reviews for each trail and download a detailed map of each route.

Plymouth-Trail-Maps Local Trail information from the Town of Plymouth

 

 

 

Potty Training Your Puppy 101

Potty Training Your Puppy 101

It is time to Potty Train your puppy! You have your adorable new puppy home and settled in. She snuggles and licks your face – so sweet. But then, she also pees on your favorite rug, or poops in the corner of the kitchen. Ugh – Where to begin?! Time for Potty Training 101! What you do for potty training in the first few weeks of having a puppy will follow you through the life of your dog. Think of house-training your dog as the foundation of a happy life together. Keep it simple with a schedule, stay consistent and have a positive attitude, and your puppy will be a potty-trained pro in no time. You can do this!

Potty Training: First Things First

The goal of potty training is for your puppy to only poop and pee outdoors, in the spot you want them to. If they need to go out, you want them to let you know. You can begin potty-training your puppy as soon as they arrive (8 weeks). Usually pups start to gain control over their bladder around 12 weeks, but get them used to a regular potty routine as soon as they join your family as an important part of the potty-training process. For the first week or two…play inside, business outside other than short walks on leash. The reason for this is that, when you get your puppy, they will have been with their littermates and have been able to pee and poop as they play in their play area. Puppies are used to this. If you have them playing outside and they do their business while playing, then when you come inside and play they will do the same. They will not know the difference between playing outside or inside and being able to just stop and pee. So, make outside for business-only in the beginning. It will not take long before they understand, and you will be able to have lots of fun outside!

To prepare to house-train your pup there are a few things to do in advance.

  • Choose where their “SPOT” will be outside. Decide on an area that is easily accessible for them, a decent size (min. 10’x10’), and that you can stay consistent with.
  • Don’t keep your outside potty area spotless. Leave a little so your pup can have the necessary smells to know that is where you want them to go.
  • Research the many Potty-Training methods out there to gain as much knowledge of the process as possible.
  • Observe your puppy’s habits to assess how well/long your puppy can control their bladder before starting to train. This usually takes a week or two leading up to starting your training.

Potty-Training Schedule

As a general rule the number of hours a puppy can go without using the bathroom is the equivalent to how many months old they are. For example, a 2-month (8 week) old pup can usually go 2 hours between potty breaks, a 3-month old can go 3 hours, and so on. As your puppy grows the hours between relief will also grow and your schedule will vary depending on their house-training progress. For anyone beginning to potty train their dog this schedule is an excellent place to start. Download our free Potty Training 101 Schedule to use as your daily guide: 8-12 Week Schedule        12-16 Week Schedule

6:00 AM Wake up & right out to POTTY

6:15 AM Breakfast

6:30 AM Post breakfast POTTY

9:30 AM Mid-Morning POTTY & Walk

12:00 PM Post Nap/Pre-lunch POTTY

12:15 PM Lunch

12:30 PM Post Lunch POTTY

3:30 PM Afternoon POTTY & Walk

6:00 PM Post Nap/Pre-dinner POTTY

6:15 PM Dinner

6:30 PM After dinner POTTY

9:30 PM Last POTTY before bed (this time will adjust depending on your personal bedtime)

NOTE: Your puppy will not be able to make it through the night without an accident. Be prepared to get up during the night every 2-3hours to take your puppy out.

Remember to always take your pup out for relief following naps and playtime. In addition, a potty break is needed before and after all meals. This schedule is only a starting point. Do not forget to adjust with your growing puppy as needed. Get a FREE age appropriate schedule for your pup here: Potty Training 101 Schedule: 8-12 Weeks     12-16 Weeks

small tan puppy lifting his leg on grass

Consistency is KEY

Whatever your schedule looks like, keep it consistent for your dog. Constantly changing up their routine confuses them and can wind up setting back the progress you may have already made. The hours between potty breaks will increase as your pup grows but keep feeding times and walks on the same schedule whenever possible to maintain their regimen. If you are a working puppy mom or dad a regular schedule may seem impossible. Hiring a dog walker/pet sitter for times you are unavailable keeps up the consistency for your pet and expedites the house-training process. Typically, by 4-6 months you will be able to judge for your puppy what their best long-term routine is as every dog is different.

Stay Positive through the House-Training Process

Keep it PAWsitive for your pup! We know how frustrating it can be when our pet uses the bathroom inside, especially on our favorite rug. No matter how trying the times of training may be your pet will respond best to a positive attitude and constructive actions. Punishing your puppy for an accident in the house is not going to teach them what you want them to do. Instead of punishment try clapping loudly to get their attention if you catch them in the act. Verbalize NO or another word they are familiar with and take them outside immediately to teach them the correct way to use the bathroom. Let us not forget the successes; when your pup does their business outside praise them! Your dog wants to please you. Giving extra love and even a cookie will create positive association for your dog making them more eager to please you every time, thus becoming house-trained.

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Signs your pup needs to potty

During the first few weeks of your potty-training quest it is important to keep a close eye on your pup. Look for the signs that they need to relieve themselves. Each pup will have his or her own sign, which you can learn by watching carefully. To get started, once they exhibit any of the signs listed below take them to their “potty spot” outside as quickly and gently as possible. Soon you will recognize their “I gotta go” behavior and be able to respond appropriately.

  • Sniffing
  • Whining
  • Circling/Restlessness
  • Licking the groin area
  • Standing still and lifting the tail (That’s our mascot Quinn’s move)
  • Going to a previously “used” in-house area
  • Squatting (Catch them quick with this one!)

You can do it!

Potty training your precious pooch is a big responsibility that you can totally handle! When you keep a consistent schedule and stay positive with your pup in everything from the praise to the corrective actions you will have a house-trained fur baby in no time. Remember that puppies are not puppies forever and one day (soon!) the trials of potty training will be a distant memory. Soak it up while you can. Create a schedule that works for you and find ways to keep it up no matter what. Whether you hire a dog walker for additional help or recruit your mom or neighbor to avoid skipping potty breaks your pet will appreciate your hard work. When the day of no more accidents comes so will you!

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Need help keeping your pup’s schedule?

Just Around the Corner offers a wide variety of dog walking and pet care options for you and your furry family member. We all know how difficult it can be to keep up a consistent schedule for our dog, especially while potty training. JAC is here to help! Avoid the setbacks of messing up your dog’s routine. Set up a Meet and Greet with a JAC pet care professional. Choose from a variety of visits, walks, and hiking options that best suit your dog and never worry if your pup’s schedule is “off” again! Call or text: 508-245-1389 to set up a meet and greet TODAY.

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