Tis the Season

Tis the Season
Happy Holiday Season to all. Rocking K9 Companions is between class sessions right now. Until we get the next schedule posted, keep in mind we are always available for private lessons and 1 on 1 consultations.

Here are a few reminders to keep your rocking canines safe and happy in the cooler, darker weather…

  • Keep them off sidewalks and streets that have been coated with snow-melt material. Salt can dehydrate the pads on their feet and not to mention the chemicals in other materials used to melt snow.
  • Get a light for their collars, or better yet, get a collar that lights up to better see your dogs in the darker days. We like the collar and collar light at NiteIze.
  • Exercise your dogs.  Even though we are in the season of cold and short days, our friends still need exercise to stay happy and healthy.  If you find yourself giving your rocking canine less physical exercise, increase their mental exercises.
  • To maintain physical exercise, booties and sweaters are not a bad idea.  
  • Take extra precaution for your dog if you are traveling, or even getting visitors for the holidays.  Note ahead of time if you will be among new kids, new puppies or dogs, new noises (fireworks, loud music, etc).  Be fair to your dogs and prepare them for new distractions.
  • If you must board your dog at a facility or with a friend, be sure to pack a few of their favorite things in your doggy diaper bag.  Take a blanket, crate if they have one, toys, dog food, food and water dishes, and treats.  You want to make it as comfortable for your rocking canine as possible for the period of time they are separated from you.  PLEASE do not hesitate to let the person caring for your dog what daily feeding, exercise, and potty schedules are.  Advise this person not to give your dog any other food or treats you bring for them.
  • While at home, watch for food that’s not suitable for dogs, being left at their reach.  Chicken bones, chocolate, onions, and nuts can cause digestive issues and illnesses in many dogs.

If you have any questions on any of the tips (traveling/guest tips, mental exercises, etc.) or any other dog-related questions, please contact me. Have a great Merry Christmas and we’ll see you in class soon.

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