Monday, January 30, 2012

Pointers From Parker - Why it is important to have a trained Dog

One of my many jobs at Pampered Pets Bed & Biscuit is to help Brenda with dog training.  I'm a great distraction for the dogs during a training session.  While I was surfing the internet I found this information about "Why it is important to have a trained Dog"  One the most important reason - which I did not find any reference to - is so when the dog decides to chase after the master of the house "THE CAT" you can recall them back to your side!

Obedience training is one of the most important aspects of raising a dog. In fact, a well trained dog is by far a happier dog! Why? Because a trained dog requires fewer restrictions. The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he is given.

And when company arrives in your home, there's no need to banish a well-behaved dog to another room for fear that he will be a royal nuisance. Moreover, because a well-mannered, obedience-trained dog is both appreciated and welcome, he receives more attention and interaction from family members, visitors, and passers-by, than does the ill-mannered dog.

You As Your Dog's Leader
Training serves to strengthen the bond between a dog and his owner. It builds communication, understanding, and mutual respect, and subtly but effectively demonstrates to your dog that you're the leader of the pack (commonly referred to as the "Alpha" or "THE CAT"). And if your dog doesn't respect you as his leader, you may both be in big trouble, particularly if he's a bit rowdy or dominant by nature.

Training May Save Your Dog's Life
Obedience training also gives the dog owner the voice control necessary to prevent numerous potential tragedies. For instance, should a dog slips out of his collar in the middle of a congested traffic intersection, he can be safely heeled across the street, then given a sit command to facilitate putting his collar back on. Or should someone accidentally leave the front door open, and you spot your dog leaving, he can be safely called back to you using the recall command.

Not only will obedience training help your dog to become more responsive, but because it enables you to have immediate control over your dog's behavior, in an emergency situation obedience training may save your dog's life. In fact, it can ultimately save the lives of many dogs, because far fewer dogs would end up in animal shelters if their owners would simply take the time to train them.

And for those dogs who do need homes, a trained dog is far easier to adopt out to a new home than an untrained one.

Statistics also show that puppies which receive early socialization, obedience, and temperament training (aggression prevention training) are far less likely to end up being surrendered by the time they turn three years of age than those that do not receive this early training.

The Consequences Of An Untrained Dog
Without proper training, many dogs are likely to misbehave. And when owners allow their dogs to misbehave, everyone suffers: The owner, because he or she lives with a dog, the dog, because everyone's down on him for misbehaving; the dog's owner's neighbors, because living next to a difficult dog is no one's idea of fun; and ultimately every dog owner, because each incidence where a dog creates a nuisance increases anti-dog sentiment, and contributes to the likelihood that tough legal restrictions will be placed on all dogs.

Obedience Training Benefits Everyone
A well-behaved, obedience trained dog is a pleasure to own because he can go virtually anywhere without being a risk or nuisance to others. And don't we all want a dog who exhibits appropriate behavior in a crowd, good manners when we have guests in our home, is reliable around children, and who doesn't threaten other dogs or passers-by?

The bottom line is that dog obedience training truly benefits everyone.

Dogs and Cats can live together in peace if...... the dog has manners!!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pointers From Parker - How do I keep Myself looking Fabulous!

Ever wonder why some cats always look sleek and beautiful and others look like...well, like something the cat dragged in? While it's true that some cats (like Me) are just born with "good hair," a lot of it has to do with grooming. Now, we cats are fastidious critters. We tend to take care of ourselves pretty well, always licking our fur to keep it clean and in its proper place. But any cat can go from Fluffy to Scruffy without a little help from his human pals. 

So I spent the day in the spa at Pampered Pets Bed & Biscuit just to see what I was missing.  Let me tell you, I had a great time.  I first had a nice warm bath.  Now I know what you are thinking cats don’t like water but that is not 100% true.  When the bath is given slowly and at the right temperature we really enjoy it. After my fur was completely dry I was brushed with this fantastic rubber brush and it removed all the loose hair – this is great now I will not cough up a hair ball after I groom myself!

While my groomer was brushing me I asked her why cat grooming is important.  This is what she told me:

1) Cat grooming removes excess hair, which helps to minimize hairballs.

2) Combing or brushing your cat will prevent tangles and mats.

3) Cat grooming also allows you to give your cat a quick checkup. It alerts you to things such as fleas, mites, hair mats, or miscellaneous objects that get stuck in the fur such as thistles or burs.

4) Brushing cats will stimulate their skin’s glands and help to keep their coat healthy, shiny and soft.

5) Also, grooming will help remove dirt and excess fur, which will end up in your house and on your furniture.

If your cat has a bad mat or tangle -- or gets something nasty on her fur – It is best to get help from a professional groomer. If your cat just doesn't seem to be cooperating with home grooming, schedule an appointment with a professional. While you're there, ask for some tips and a demonstration of basic techniques. My groomers are always happy to do this for clients.
Remember the Spa is not just for the dogs!