Posts by Michaela

The Great Pizza Heist of ’14

The Great Pizza Heist of ’14

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Paws-itive Thoughts

So one time, I was day dog-sitting two sick dogs of a regular client, Mia and Sienna. Before I left my house, I packed a cold pizza lunch (one of my favorites) and soda. I left for the house and spent the morning reading, drawing, and studying without incident. Lunchtime rolled around and the pizza starred calling to me. I got up and extracted my lunch from the fridge and set it down on the kitchen counter. Just then, another call came to me that may or may not have been related to the empty can of Dr Pepper on the table. I left the slice sitting on the counter in its plastic bag and headed for the bathroom. I wasn’t gone two minutes, but when I came out, Mia, the quieter of the two dogs, was huddled in the laundry room with a mask of impending doom and guilt fitted on her face as she looked up at me. I continued to the kitchen to find Sienna happily inhaling the last of my lovely pizza. To this day, I have no idea how a short beagle-mix was able to nick the pizza bag off the tall kitchen counter (Michaela’s note: it is about 3 feet off the ground)...

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Green Beans Are The Best Treat Ever!

Green Beans Are The Best Treat Ever!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Paws-itive Thoughts

Why would you even want to feed your dog those natural, long, skinny green things? Well, first they help with your dogs digestion. It keeps them regular shall we say. And it also would be something where if your dog were in the wild, they would find vegetables and probably not grains. So keeping your dogs diet as natural as possible would definitely be preferable for any dog. Green beans work as excellent treats that will make their mouth water. Rather than giving your dog those yucky, sugary treats….green beans could be the answer!As always though, talk to your vet, reason things out but always make sure your dog is eating as healthy and natural as they can. To find out more about Green Beans in your dogs diet you can go here: http://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/ktudor/2012/apr/green_bean_diet_for_dogs-14140...

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5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Well Behaved

5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Well Behaved

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Paws-itive Thoughts

As the business has become very busy, I have noticed that there are a lot of owners that get very frustrated with there dog because they might not listen or have a tendency to misbehave with the other dogs that they live with. A few owners have said that they absolutely despise there dog sometimes. I truly find this very disheartening as I try to work with all the dogs to become better behaving dogs. So what are the five items that you should remember to keep your dog well behaved? 1. Consistency– This is always key with any dog because they learn with repetition. If you feed them same time morning and night and have a pet care provider come into your home and change the times, the dog could have major issues. The same goes with walks. Your dog will be so much calmer with going on a walk the same time everyday. They know what is expected of them. 2. Care – All dogs need care. Even if they did something bad(like chew up a shoe) make sure that after you have reprimanded them that they know you still love them. I would not suggest to give a treat because that means you are rewarding bad behavior....

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Does Your Dog Take You On Walks?

Does Your Dog Take You On Walks?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Paws-itive Thoughts

I have personally come across many owners who are constantly telling me that they do not like other dogs and that they pull so hard on all walks. Why is this exactly? I want to teach you how to train dogs to walk on a leash. Having a dog takes a lot of responsibility to constantly make sure the dog is happy and safe. It is the owners responsibility to socialize the dog and keep the dog from pulling on walks. So what tips and tricks have I found that seems to work really well when you take your dog on a walk? It all starts when you put the leash on the dog. Make sure the dog is calm and isn’t very excited to go on a walk. For most owners it can be very instinctual to get your dog excited for a walk. When in reality staying calm is so key with your dog. Waiting for them to sit and have there entire complexion be calm. This isn’t just for there ears to go down, but this is with there entire body. Some dogs take five minutes to calm down, while others take longer. You as an owner have the responsibility to stay calm and DO NOT...

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Beauregard Knows

Beauregard Knows

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Paws-itive Thoughts

The biggest thing that I have found is dogs NEED to be trained. It is so incredibly important for dogs to be trained. Beauregard, the Bouvier I live with, is totally trained and is so much fun to be around. I have been around many different dogs who are not trained. It is at times very difficult to sometimes stay with dogs who are not trained. They can get incredibly hyper and are sometimes difficult to calm down. So what is the best answer for all of this? Spend time with your dog. Just like kids, dogs need attention also. It takes a lot of time to train dogs. Why not set a goal to teach your dog one command a month? This can be sit, stay or down. I would say start with sit. The best way that I have found to train a dog is to take two minutes or so out of your day. Focus on just your dog and work on the command of sit. Once your dog understands sit, give them a treat. That way when you do it again they will know if they sit they will get a treat. Amazingly Beau knows all of these commands. He is also VERY good on...

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