Social distancing is the phrase that describes what we all have been asked to do during a pandemic and it means staying 6 feet or approximately 2 meters away from anyone that doesn’t live in your household. Handshakes and hugs are taboo until the pandemic dies down which could take 12-18 months (or when a vaccine is available). It can also come back seasonally. These are measures that we need to become comfortable doing. Other viruses will develop so this is a practical way to live even after the vaccine for the current virus is available. For many of us that live in urban areas without a backyard, we have few choices for potty breaks with our dogs other than walks outside. Plus, safe outdoor time is good for our mental and physical health. We CAN walk them safely while still being respectful, courteous, and safe if we take a few precautions and take a few key elements into consideration
Choosing the right materials for flooring and furniture really help. Vacuuming and Silicone tools are also key. Here are all the tips to keep your home and car clean around pets and prevent costly household repairs
***Edited March 20 to add CDC guidelines.
Something that many pet owners have wondered this week is, “Can my dog get coronavirus? Can they transmit it to me? Can they get it from me? What are the symptoms? What do I do to keep them healthy if I get it? We love our pets and would do anything to keep them healthy and safe. Much is still not known for certain about this virus. Here are the basics that we know so far.
This post was not written to alarm anyone. I hope this information is helpful and will help calm some of the fear around this unprecedented event. Stay safe and healthy. . I will update this post as more information becomes available.
I am hard on vacuums. I seem to break them in about a year or two. When I was a kid, we had the same Hoover vacuum my whole childhood. I want a vacuum cleaner like that! I want to spend my money on something more fun than a new vacuum cleaner every couple of years. So, I bit the bullet and bought a Dyson. They are not cheap though. After I recovered from the sticker shock, I settled on a Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Fuchsia 227591-01. I liked the lower price that I found on Ebay and the fact that it was cordless. I bought a refurbished one that was an authorized dealer. It has a nice compact head that fits easily under beds and tables. With two dogs and a bird in my home, I need something that can get everywhere.
Things that I liked:
Now for the not so good:
And, now that I look at the photo I just used, I think I need to use this vacuum and set my computer down for a bit....
I have had this Bissell Spot Bot Pet cleaner for about 6 months. These are vey handy to have around pets that have accidents. And, If you have pets, there will be accidents. The best part is you don't have to get down on the floor and scrub or pull out a big clunky full size carpet cleaner.
Things I like about it:
Things I don’t like about it:
I have only had carpet accidents. I haven't had any spills or messes on upholstery to test it out on fabric. I am happy to have it. It is very handy for a quick small cleanup jobs. I like the set it and let it do the work aspect. I can’t use it late at night and I will have to run my big cleaner over it to remove the tell tale circles. But, it gets the job done with minimal fuss. So, it’s a “yes” on this product from me. If you are interested in purchasing this for your home here is a link to my Resources and Favorite Gear Page where you will find Amazon links to this and other favorite products that I use. . Prices vary over time.
I have seen a lot of lost dogs and cats posted as found on Next Door and Facebook lately. While most people are generally concerned about the safety of the dog and getting it reunited with its owner, I have seen quite a few people decide for themselves how to handle the situation and do some things that will make it impossible for the pet to ever be reunited with their lost dog or cat.
Here are my thoughts and recommendations regarding the subject. My goal is to keep everyone including the pet as safe and healthy as possible and to follow local laws. A loose dog is in a great deal of danger. Where I live the greatest danger will be cars, natural predators, and bad people looking for bait dogs to use in illegal dog fighting. Cars are by far the most imminent danger in Los Angeles where I live.
Does your dog like to greet people by jumping up on them? Are you looking for a way to get them to stop? Here are the top training tips to teach your dog how to be more polite in their greetings. It just isn't about manners either. If you have older guests or very young guests, a large jumping dog can knock over elderly guests and toddlers. We certainly don't want that!
The most important thing that you must do is to get EVERYONE that comes in contact with the dog to agree to not allow jumping up.
If some of your family or friends thinks it's cute or ok to jump up and they pet your dog when it happens, it will take a lot longer to train the desired behavior. You have to be firm with people that say, "oh it's ok. I don't mind. She's so cute" (while they pet your dog and encourage bad behavior). People think they are being polite but they are really making it nearly impossible to get your dog to stop jumping up. You must be firm with them, and, better yet, step on the leash so the dog can't jump up at all. Preventing the unwanted behavior is much easier than trying to coax guests to go along with your training goals. Consistency in the training is critical. Jumping can't be ok some of the time or you'll never have the results that you want. You can't work on this only once in a while either. You have to be really committed to training your dog to be a polite greeter. Otherwise, you will never get them to stop.
My border collie, Betty, used to love to jump on all new people. I have trained her to the point that she never jumps up on me. She greets people off leash at dog parks by sitting at their feet too. We don't go to the dog parks often though because I am afraid of the risk of injury at our parks.
My biggest training obstacle has been other people coming to our home and lack of prevention on my part. By the time Betty jumps up and is being petted, it is too late to tell someone to stop petting her or to turn around. She is a pretty dog and people naturally want to pet her most of the time. It isn’t their problem and they aren’t invested in stopping her bad behavior. The fact that my family and friends have not gone along with the training is showing me that I have to put better preventative measures in place so it isn’t a matter of their participation or not. I need to remember to leash her up before I allow them into the home and I need to keep her leashed up until they leave or she learns to stop jumping up. Another thing that has slowed us down is that we don’t get very many visitors. So, I forget and we are not getting much practice with greetings. I probably could be more social. Betty is a smart dog and I have not given up on her yet. She is about 75% trained to not jump. My goal is to practice more often.
Why do we hate retractable leashes?
You think they are great.
They give your dog freedom to roam. Its like they aren’t on a leash. They don’t tangle and drag like a regular leash. You really love them. I know you do. I can tell from your happy face looking like you don't have a care in the world as your happy dog races from side to side checking out all the bushes and people going by. It looks wonderful and joyous. It's all butterflies and sunshine.
Wrong! I will not use these to walk any dogs. I'm not just being mean or rude and I am not writing this to be offensive.
Here are my reasons.
I have said my piece and I get all worked up just thinking about these horrible things. I think I need to calm down and go walk my dogs on their nice normal leashes. Just say NO to these things. I use a standard web leash for both of my dogs. I like the ones with padded double handles. I have linked a similar item on my resources page if you want to use something like that.
- Your neighbor and normally friendly dog walker
There are several reasons that dogs lick their paws to the point of irritation. The fancy medical term for this is Canine Acral Lick Dermatitis and it is a very common ailments that veterinarians encounter. It can be very frustrating and stubborn to treat. Here are some of the most common culprits.
Yeast/Fungal infections The easiest way to tell if your dog has a yeast infection on their paws is the smell. Yeast on dog paws can smell like Fritos chips and can be a very pungent strong smell. It is most common in the summertime and can make their paws itchy and irritated which can make your dog want to lick their paws excessively. Allergies can cause this too and some dogs can be allergic to yeast but they are not the same thing.
Yeast and fungus can grow anywhere moist and warm on your dog. It is most common on feet, ear canals, armpits and other skin folds (think about a bulldog’s facial folds). If your pet is shaking their head a lot or pawing at their ears, this can be the cause. Having a little bit of yeast on your dog is normal and may not produce a strong odor. It becomes a problem when the yeast grows out of control and causes irritation, redness, or swelling. When this happens it is called Malassezia Dermatitis or more commonly as a yeast infection. This can be especially irritating if your dog becomes allergic to the yeast. If they become allergic, their biological response can be much more severe as they become hypersensitive to the yeast. This will make even the smallest amount of yeast very irritating. This research article goes into greater detail here. https://europepmc.org/article/med/9659547
If I was stuck on a deserted island and there wasn’t a veterinarian on the island with me… but I had some homemade vinegar… I would rinse my dogs itchy paws with vinegar -if I thought they had a yeast infection that was making them chew their paws. Vinegar can be effective on yeast or fungus on the skin and it is non-toxic to dogs. But, if you can get to a veterinarian, that is better of course.
Have you ever wondered if dog kisses are really kisses? Or, maybe, we just taste good? Well, I did some research and here is everything I could find about dogs licking us.
Why do they do it? What does it mean? Should we let them?What can happen when they lick us? Here is the scoop.
So, why do they lick and what does it mean when a dog licks you? Is it love? Well, the short answer is probably yes. Dogs do appear to lick people and sometimes other dogs (and even cats) that they like or love. It is a sign of affection and is common. So calling the licks kisses is appropriate.
They can learn this when they are puppies and their moms are grooming them by licking them. As puppies, they lick their moms to get attention or to be fed. Some dogs lick more than others. A dog that doesn’t lick as much may have not learned it as a puppy or they may not like it as much.
Licking is also reinforced by our reaction to it. When a dog licks us, they get attention. Whether we like it or not, they are still getting attention by licking. So, a bored dog that wants your attention will also lick you. If they can get to your face that is often the preferred spot -but they will lick hands, legs, or feet if they can’t get to your face. Our faces often taste the best because of food that we eat. Also, wolves in the wild will come back to their pups after hunting and regurgitate food for their pups and the pups will lick mom’s fact for bits of meat. So, it is thought to be instinctual to lick faces.
Sometimes we smell especially good - like when we have eaten something that smells good, or put on lotion, or a personal favorite of most dogs: fresh out of the shower with wet bodies. These are times that we become irresistible to our dogs.
Dogs may lick some people more than others too. This can be caused by a variety of reasons. The dog may have a particular fondness for this person or they may just smell terrific. Or, the person has reinforced the licking behavior with a positive reaction in the past. Some people have great energy too. Dogs are very sensitive to a person’s energy. They can tell who is going to be a friend and who isn’t by our body language, our tone, and our approach to them. Energy is really important to dogs. Plus, dogs can smell our hormones so if we are stressed out, they can smell it. We actually smell better when relaxed and happy. So, to a dog, stress actually stinks.