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.

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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!

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Sources

dog.com – National Dog Week article

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

 

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.

smiling dog waiting for treat from dog walker

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!

happy puppy smiling on grass

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.

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking 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!

Prepping Your Home for a Puppy: Top 10 Must Haves!

Prepping Your Home for a Puppy: Top 10 Must Haves!

You are getting a puppy! Wow, is there anything more exciting than preparing to bring home a brand-new fur baby? Having recently brought a puppy home ourselves, our puppy Mascot Quinn who is a chocolate Newfoundland, we can say firsthand that it is pretty darn special! You have worked diligently to research and choose the perfect dog for your life and the time has come to prepare for their arrival. If you are still in your search for the perfect pup check out our blog Choosing the Right Puppy (Dog) for Youhttps://justaroundthecornerpetsit.com/choose-the-right-puppy/. Much like raising a child, when it comes to puppies and dogs everyone has their own pet parenting style. In some cases, throwing an elaborate “puppy shower” before the furry bundle of joy arrives may be necessary. Others may toss the list of essentials in their Chewy.com cart and call it a day. Whatever your style may be, there are 10 universal must haves for everyone. These top 10 essentials will help to create as seamless a transition as possible for you and your new pup.

Download our printable Prepping for a Puppy Checklist to make sure you don’t leave anything out!

Top 10 Essentials

  • Collar (with ID tags) and Leash

It’s time to pick up your new puppy. Don’t forget the leash and collar! Often shelter dogs will not be given to you with a collar. Make sure you come prepared with both a collar and a leash, better safe than sorry. You will also want the collar and leash when you get home to keep your puppy close and safe. Always keep an ID tag on your pet’s collar starting the moment they are in your care. There may be 1,000 reasons your dog will never be out of your sight, but it only takes 1 unexpected situation to change all of that. Avoid disaster, ID your dog with accurate contact information. Always include your canine’s name and a current phone number.

  • Food

To start, you will need to find out what food your new puppy/dog has been eating prior to coming home with you. Whatever the breeder/shelter has been feeding them is what you will have to start with. Don’t worry, they do not have to stay on that food forever. Dogs have extremely sensitive systems and switching their food abruptly can cause unnecessary stomach issues. When you are ready to start transitioning your pup to a different food here are the steps you should take.

How to transition your dog’s food:

  1. Give ¾ original food with ¼ new food. Do this for 4-5 days and evaluate how they are reacting, bowel movements, etc.
  2. Next give ½ original food with ½ new food. Repeat another 4-5 days evaluating their systems reaction.
  3. Decrease to ¼ original food with ¾ new food. Continue evaluating their reaction at these rates for 4-5 days.
  4. Finally, if their system is stable and they are not having poor reactions throughout this transition you are ready to give them 100% of their new food. Continue to keep an eye on them for a few days to ensure they are not having a negative reaction.

 

  • Airtight storage container (for dog food)

To make your dog food purchases last and remain as enticing to your pooch as possible this is an absolute must! Keep your pup’s food fresh and pest free with an airtight storage container.

  • Food and Water dishes

Consider the size of your dog and purchase dishes accordingly. If your dog is an extra-large breed be sure to get a height-appropriate dish/stand for them. Likewise, for a small breed, an equally small, low to the ground dish will be perfect.

Happy dalmation on dog bed Plymouth

  • Dog bed

A dog’s bed is a special space that they will have all to themselves. Think about where your pet will sleep in your home. Consider a bed that is washable, easy to move, and that you do not mind looking at every day.

  • Crate

Used correctly, a crate is a wonderful, safe place for your dog. During times of being home alone, perhaps during a thunderstorm, and even through the night, a crate becomes a “safe room” for your pet. Utilizing a crate for training is also a wonderful way to separate the dog from activities happening in the home that may not be dog friendly. We all need our “own space” at times, including the dog. Be sure to get a crate that is the right size for your growing dog – they don’t stay puppies forever!

  • Toys

You do not have to go too crazy in the toy department right away but it sure is a fun way to spend our money isn’t it? Doting on our sweet Quinn with all the fun and festive toys his little heart can handle is probably #1 on the list of “Ways I like to spend my money”. Here are a few types of toys to consider when making your purchase.

  • Fetch toys: Tennis balls are a great example. Fetch is an excellent game for dogs both physically and mentally.
  • Chew Toys/Bones/Firm rubber toys: Kong and antlers are wonderfully durable options. They are also excellent tools for teething puppies and keeping older dogs’ teeth clean.
  • Rope toys: Great interactive toy both with humans and other dogs.

 

  • House-training pads (Minimum 2 pkgs.)

You can start the potty-training process between 12-16 weeks. Even if you are getting a dog that has been previously potty trained it is a good idea to have a small stock of training pads. Anytime a dog is brought into a new living environment there may be a period of adjustment as they learn the “rules” of their new home, which includes using the bathroom outside. Expect the unexpected with a new pup in your home, puppy and older dog alike.

  • Pet safe house cleaners

Our dogs lay on the floor, lick the walls and their paws, some even drink from the toilet bowl. Pet safe cleaners are a must in any home with a dog. Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner is one of many pawesome pet safe brands.

  • Brush/de-shedding tool

All dogs need to be brushed, some more than others. There are literally hundreds of brushes for dogs on the market from the FURminator to the Safari Combo Brush. Purchase a brush that is best suited for your pup’s coat.

tiny puppy on grass Plymouth

Start Simple

Keeping it simple to start allows you to ebb, flow, and grow right alongside your pet. As your puppy grows and their personality develops you can always add toys, treats, training aids and other life enhancing items that your pet will love! Start with these 10 essentials and you will be ready to start a wonderful life with your new fur baby. Watch this space for more upcoming tips for your puppy as he or she grows.

Download our printable Prepping for a Puppy Checklist to check off each essential item one at a time!

Have a new puppy or dog already?

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 leave our dog home alone while we are at work. JAC is here to help.  Set up a Meet and Greet with one of our pet care professionals. Choose from a variety of visits, walks, and hiking options that will best suit your dog and… VOILA! Instant peace of mind while you work, go out to dinner, or day trip to the Cape. Life is meant to be lived. Do not miss out on the fun while giving your pet the gift of JAC! It is a WIN-WIN! Call or text: 508-245-1389 to set up a meet and greet TODAY.

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Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking 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!