Bangs and Booms
Celebrations for Independence Day will soon be
upon us. Even if the pandemic has changed how we celebrate, the citizens of New
Boston will be sure to set off bangs and booms. There are many people who look
forward to the traditional Fourth of July celebrations: parades, barbecues, and
fireworks being the hallmarks. Unfortunately, our canine companions do not
understand our need to celebrate and especially don’t understand why there are
sudden explosions all around. This is why the Fourth of July is the number one
day of the year that pets go missing.
Fun for us, not for many of our animals. Following are tips to help make your
Fourth of July a successful one for you and your dog:
Keep as much consistency to your dog’s daily
schedule, but be ready to adjust as dusk approaches.
Take your dog for a longer walk during the day and
give give extra brain game outlets before the festivities. This is especially
true if you are leaving your dog home alone during the fireworks displays.
Establish a designated dog safe haven within your
house that preferably has no windows. This room should already be established
as safe and relaxing for your dog well before festivities begin.
Make sure items needed during the fireworks are
already in the room.
Watch out for door dashing!
Make sure your dog is wearing a flat buckle collar
with their current ID tags attached with your up to date phone number. Updated
info includes their microchip as well!
Have a metal exercise pen around the main door to
ask as a backup.
If your dog has a negative history with fireworks,
especially if they are phobic, contact your veterinarian.
Place your dog in the room before fireworks with
enough time for them to nestle down.
Use box fan, noise machine, classical music, TVs
to mask the sound of scary noises.
It is well worth the purchase. If it does not help ease your dog’s stress
many big box stores will let you return it!
Give your dog multiple interactive treat toys and
If you can be present with your dog, even better.
This is when you can have treat parties and it goes like this… Boom →
Happily say “Treat Party” → sprinkle kibble and treats around your dog. Repeat
When you take your dog to potty have them on leash
(even if your yard is fenced) and be ready to give them a high value treat
immediately following any scary sound.
Indoors play their favorite game with extra
Settle for a snuggle session (if your dog is one
who enjoys this!)
Although bangs and booms culminate on the Fourth,
throughout the summer there are festivities and outdoor activities that bring
fireworks and gunshots heard throughout New Boston (don’t forget thunder and
lightning.) If your dog is young or new to our town you can help them adjust
by being proactive. When outside, especially the week before and after the
Fourth, have a treat pouch with high value treats and toys. Gun shot → treat,
firework → favorite ball toss, your sister’s “beautiful” singing → treat party!
Winter is here and as we stay contained indoors cabin fever takes hold. The
same goes for our dogs. Boredom is one of the biggest contributors
to behavior issues in dogs. Fortunately, there are many easy and fun ways to burn brain calories. As I write this, Zorba Two Feet (featured below) is reminding me that activity is needed in the near future.
Quick tips to survive the rest of winter with our dogs:
-Feed their kibble out of interactive treat toys.
-Play “Go Sniff” by sprinkling their kibble or toys around the home
for them to find. Make sure the rewards are easily accessible for your dog.
-Give them a pre-frozen Kong BEFORE you settle down for the family meal.
-Use a snuffle mat or throw away towel (one that will never be used by
humans again) and sprinkle their kibble with a couple treats in for them to
hunt around and find.
-If your dog loves snow, put “Snowball” on cue. Have a snowball
ready. When your dog looks at you say “Snowball” and toss the
The following game is not only an easy introduction into nose
work, but also builds further bonds between you and your dog.
“Find PERSON”: Find person is one of many games for beginning level
scent work games. Use a toy or treats your dog adores to ensure
their desire to the find the person named.
-The verbal cue is “Find XXXX (fill in person’s name)”
-With your dog looking at you say “Find XXXX”
-Ensure the person’s name being said is within sight and not far away.
-When the person hears their name said they should immediately make fun
noise. Don’t use known verbal cues like “Come.”
-When the dog turns towards the person named, the person can mark the
action with a sound like “ta” or “good” and give a reward upon arrival.
-Repeat 5 times, having the person move around the room but still
-If your dog looks at the person but does not go towards them, decrease
the distance between your dog and the person.
-Repeat 5 times but when the person name is said they keep quiet and
only make a fuss when the dog arrives in front of them.
-When you feel your dog understands the verbal cue “Find XXXX” test it!
-Have the person hide around a corner, but within close distance to your
-Say “Find XXXX”
-If the dog immediately uses their nose to find the person give them a
jackpot of treats on arrival!
-Over time have the person hiding go to further places around your
-By the time spring returns you will be ready to take this game outside!
There are so many activities to engage your dog’s nose and brain, nose
work is just one place to start. This is one of the many reasons why we are
passionate about our nose work and energy outlet group classes, dogs go home
happily tired! Now off to play in the snow with my dogs!
So you’ve decided it’s time for a new dog or puppy. We couldn’t be happier for you. Between myself, Ashley and Kristine we have 10 dogs…yes we love dogs! I’m not only a trainer here at You and Your Dog Training, but I also run a dog rescue. Preparing families for a new furry friend is something I’m passionate about. Let us help you be prepared.
Bringing home a new dog is an exciting time for us humans. Often times we already “love” our new furry friend before we even take them home. This is not always the case for the dog though. The first few days can be the most important. Your dog may experience excitement and stress all at once. New people, new surroundings, new smells, new noises and most likely a whole new routine. Where will I sleep? When will I eat? Where do I go potty? What are the rules? And, WHO do I trust?
Think about how stressful it is to move. That’s how your new dog is feeling. Your dog will need time to decompress and then acclimate to their new environment.
YOUR NEW RESCUE DOG, What to Expect…
Kongs, Kongs and more Kongs 39 Healthy Treats You Can Stuff in a Kong - Puppy Leaks
Bully sticks, deer antlers, nyla bones (never give a dog rawhide)
High value soft treats
Dog Food, Canned Pumpkin (A high quality dog food is recommended. Canned pumpkin is good to have on hand. A spoonful with their meals during their adjustment period and when switching foods will help firm up stool).
Prepare for your new dog in advance. Research the best dog trainers in your area and plan to sign up your new dog a few weeks after adoption. Decide where the dog will be confined when you’re not home and arrange a crate in that area. Decide what particular area outdoors will be the dog’s bathroom.
WHEN YOU GET HOME/THE FIRST DAY:
Walk around outside to go potty and let them sniff around a bit. Crate and secure the dog and let them rest and adjust to their new setting for the first day or two. I usually put a sheet or blanket over the crate so they feel safe in their new “den”. They need time to adjust to their new surroundings and decompress from the stressful environment they just left (shelter/transport/quarantine). We all want to smother our pups with love right away, they’ve been through so much. BUT, give them some time to get their bearings, there will be plenty of time for love, snuggles and dog kisses.
Potty your new dog outside on a leash or in a secured area, always go to the same door and same outside spot. This consistency will help the dog know right where to go to use the bathroom. We recommend always using the same word or words. For example: “go potty”. Say this each time you take them out. Your dog will begin to learn what it means and do their business. Going out several different doors and different outside areas will be confusing. Don’t assume your dog is housetrained — changes in homes and families are stressful for the dog and they may “forget” or need some time to adjust to your routine.
DOGS AND CHILDREN:
Kids are probably the most excited when adopting a new dog. Take it slow and supervise children and your new dog at all times. Key things to remind your children:
Always leave the dog alone when he is eating, chewing or sleeping.
Never climb on, hug or put your face in a dogs face.
Don’t take away a toy or prized possession from the dog.
Don’t tease the dog.
Don’t chase the dog or run quickly around the dog; it may scare him.
Pick up all kids toys. Dogs don’t know the difference between your toys and theirs.
For more information about kids and dogs please check out this link https://livingwithkidsanddogs.com
With Covid and the holidays approaching so many families are deciding that now is the time to add a new dog to the family. We hope the information we provided is helpful. Don’t forget to sign your new furry friend up for training classes. Our class sizes are small and fill up quickly, so don’t wait to enroll. We can’t wait to be part of your journey!
If you have additional questions about adding a new dog to your family and how we can help, please email us.
Parts of this blog are from Granite State Paw Rescuers, “Your new rescue dog…What to Expect.”
Please excuse any grammatical errors and typos. This blog is an informal way for You and Your Dog Training and Services to share information. Consider any typos our gift to you!