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Doggy First Aid Kit – Be Prepared

Accidents happen. Consider a doggy first aid kit to be prepared in the event of an emergency. When your pet is injured, you won’t have time to rummage around in a frantic search for something to help him. First aid has to be right away. For this reason, it’s a very good idea to set aside a box containing your dog’s own medicines and the equipment you will need in case of emergency.

His medicine chest should include the following:

  • Milk of magnesia to serve as a laxative.
  • Adhesive tape and bandages for dressing wounds.
  • Activated charcoal as a poison antidote.
  • Antiseptics, such as Merthiolate, metaphen or peroxide for cleansing wounds, and Neosporin ointment to prevent infection.
  • A rectal thermometer and Vaseline or K-Y lubricant.
  • Hydrogen peroxide, mustard powder or salt for emetics.
  • Burn medicines contained in aerosol sprays, as prescribed by your veterinarian. Aromatic spirits of ammonia for shock treatment.
  • Blunt-ended scissors for cutting hair away from wounds.
  • Benadryl to control swelling and inflammation.

Safety First

Most accidents, after all, are the result of neglect. By far the greatest cause of serious injury and death in dogs, for example, is the automobile. It takes only one moment of neglect, one moment off the leash or out of the fenced yard, to cause this tragedy.

An ounce of prevention will work its proverbial magic if you will only observe a few simple safety rules for your pup. Here, then, are some guidelines for accident prevention.

Keep Your Dog Confined When He’s Outdoors

If your yard is fenced, make sure there are no holes he can wriggle through, that the gate latches firmly and that family and visitors are warned to close it securely. If the yard is not fenced, then you should construct some kind of run or play area for a puppy. It need not be large; even a playpen, placed in a shady spot in the garden, will work as a temporary measure. Put in a weighted pan of water and a few toys to amuse puppy when he’s alone.

For a permanent run, enclose an area with sturdy metal fencing at least 6-feet high (dogs are amazingly adept at climbing). A run 6-feet wide and 20- to 30-feet long is large enough for almost all breeds. Cover the surface with a porous material, such as sand or gravel; plain earth holds the dampness and is unsanitary.

 

Choose a location that provides both sun and shade, keep the run clean and always provide water.

Make sure there are no garden poisons or pesticides within puppy’s reach. Clear the yard of broken glass, stones, small pebbles, or any other objects that he might swallow.

Never Unleash Puppy When You Are Walking Him on a Public Street

In one unleashed instant he might dash into the path of an oncoming car. If he rides in the car with you, always attach his leash to his collar before you open the door; he might bolt head-on into the tragic.

Keep Puppy Confined to His Crate or Playpen When He’s Alone in the House

If he’s getting too old for this kind of treatment, put him in a room that has been carefully puppy-proofed: light cords disconnected, all swallowable objects removed, nothing to chew on but his own safe toys. And keep an eye on him when he has the run of the house.

Make sure all household poisons such as cleaning agents and human medicines are out of reach. He’s not actually looking for trouble, but he does have a way of finding it.

Thanks for reading and becoming better prepared for a puppy emergency! Contact Dogman Mark Castillero for any questions you may have at protraindog@gmail.com

Canine Behavior and Genetic Predisposition

Did you know that your canine’s behavior could actually be affected by the gene pool to which they belong? So when see your fur baby playing fetch over and over again (hello, English Springer Spaniel) or is unstoppable at chewing the blanket (but the labs are so cute!), do remember that it is their genetic makeup causing them to behave in certain ways.

Yes, it is true! Just check out the Christmas article on testing your dog’s DNA. Truth be told, there is plenty of pending research around this topic. For the curious pet parent, there are plenty of DIY DNA test kits available to determine your pooch genetic make-up.

DNA and Behavior

Particular behavioral traits of dogs could explain how the genetic link is true.

Some breeds of dogs are better at remembering things than other breeds. This is a particular genome that helps in building a better memory than other breeds.

Labradors are great at retrieving things and it is a common feature among labs of all shapes, sizes and color. This is yet another distinctive feature among dogs of this breed. Owing to the fact that selective breeding has been done for generations together, decoding dog DNA might be a lot more simplified than human DNA.

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How Will the Studies Help?

People seem to know more about the bodies and physical responses of a dog than their behavior and their brain structure. The primary reason behind this is there has never been a large scale study involving the behavioral traits and the genetic data of several dogs together.

Researchers are more inclined towards citizen science research so that they can study the genetics responsible for canine behavior effectively. The biggest benefit of this research would clearly be to help pet parents have a better understanding of their pets. They would also be able to find out ways to accommodate the changes in the behavioral pattern of dogs as and when they change.

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What Are Some Examples?

Considering the fact that dog DNA is the highlight of the day, the studies reveal some interesting facts about dogs and their tendencies. A study made in the year 2014 revealed that there are 4 specific genes intricately connected with the development of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Behavior) in canines.

These genes seemed to be found in breeds like Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs and Bull Terriers.

Helping Pet Parents Make Informed Decisions

The fact that a dog’s behavioral pattern is largely affected by its gene pool is not news anymore. With better awareness, potential pet parents are being greatly influenced by the findings.

If a particular breed has predominant ‘undesirable’ behavioral patterns, pet parents are either writing them off completely or are looking at adaptations and adjustments to their training and socialization patterns so that these traits could be erased at the earliest stage. You could call this an informed decision.

Need Training? Mark “Dogman” Castillero and his team at Pro-Train Innovative Training have trained thousands of dogs and hundreds of breeds. Email Mark at protraindog@gmail.com with your specific concerns or questions.

Author Bio

This post was contributed by Pete Decker, the Lead Editor at The Goody Pet. Pete loves to share his passion for pets through snippets of interesting and helpful information. You can find more of Pete at his website, Twitter or Facebook.

Does Your Dog Want a DNA Test for Christmas?

Not sure what to get your dog this year? A dog DNA test could be the perfect stocking stuffer for your pooch.

While it’s true that Fido probably doesn’t give a lick what breeds his great grandparents were, the info can be valuable for owners.

In addition to satisfying the curiosity of mixed-breed mutt owners, knowing the breed background of your dog can provide important medical and behavioral insights.

Dog DNA kits can run a number of genetic tests on your dog revealing an array of potential diseases like Multi-Drug Sensitivity or even glaucoma. While the exact tests conducted vary depending on the sophistication of the kit (more genetic tests come at a higher price point), knowing that your dog is susceptible to certain genetic illnesses can help you work on preventive measures to keep your pooch healthy.

Your dog’s breed background can also be immensely helpful when developing a training plan. Once it’s revealed that your dog has a bit of shepherd in him, you may consider enrolling him in a herding class to help burn cooped up energy. Getting your dog involved in activities he was bred to do can be hugely satisfying and mentally rewarding for you and your dog!

This infographic on Why Your Dog Wants a DNA Test For Christmas outlines some of the benefits dog DNA tests can offer curious owners. Convinced that you need a DNA test for your pooch? Make sure to check out DogBreedIdentifier.com for dog DNA test reviews and more info!

 

Come and join in our one-day-only dog training workshop in San Diego

ProTrain is inviting dog lovers to a one-day-only dog training workshop in San Diego that is happening on February 17, 2018 at Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum in Escondido, CA.

This event entitled “The Doggy Wisdom Workshop: Behavior Modification Dog Trainer 101” will be facilitated by no other than the Director of Training for Pro-Train himself – Mark “Dogman” Castillero.

Legendary dog trainer and owner of Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training “Dogman” Mark will cover the basics of how to become a dog trainer. Or, if you are a dog owner who wants to learn more about dog training, this workshop is also for you.

At the end of this event, participants will have learned about:

  • Behavior modification (e.g. conditioning & counter-conditioning, habituation, and shaping)
  • Diversification
  • Custom tailoring your services
  • Problem solving and more.

OPTIONAL: Evening BBQ/Mixer at Pro-Train in Vista for any enrollment in a program.

To apply for your dog to attend with you, please contact Mark directly at protraindog@gmail.com. Please indicate the type of dog and the issue that needs to be corrected in your email.

Again, this your chance to meet dog training expert, animal behaviorist and author Mark “Dogman” Castillero in a rare dog training workshop in San Diego, CA.

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To get a slot for the said event, get your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-doggy-wisdom-workshop-behavior-modification-dog-trainer-tickets-37859193868

If there’s a problem with the ticket page or if you have more questions about this dog training workshop in San Diego, don’t hesitate to contact us at (760) 749-0897).

Traveling Across Continents for Top Dog Training Advice

The art of dog training is not easily learned. And still, many “dog trainers” operate without any type of license or credentials in the United States.

So, when former Chinese-born Para-Olympian Qin Lian needed to be trained to be a dog trainer in her country, she knew she needed a legitimate dog training expert. That’s when she found Mark “Dogman” Castillero and Pro-Train Innovative here in Vista.

Lian is visually impaired due to brain damage that occurred from lack of oxygen during her birth. She also has limited mobility on the right side of her body. Lian’s Current Guide Dog Candie, a 12-year-old Labrador, was originally trained by Bod Wendler, a mentor and friend of Castillero. Candie was originally trained by Guide Dogs of the Desert with Bob Wendler as the supervisor. And it was Wendler who pointed Lian to Castillero.

Back at home she is a member of the International Lion’s Club and a former instructor at Hadley School of the Blind. Currently, Lian is a home management instructor for the blind.

 

“I knew I needed an expert to help educate me and I knew that Mark had extensive knowledge of working with guide dogs,” said Lian. “Mark knows dogs very well and he understands the needs of the visually impaired. His personality and experience led me to come across continents to learn from him,” she added.

Lian will use the training she’s received during this recent trip to Pro-Train Innovative to help her work in her home country. She pointed to the affordability of the training she received. She’s so impressed with the training she’s received, that she’s asked Mark to come to Bejing in the Spring for additional training and so that he can host a workshop there.

“I think Mark is such a unique character and I know he can help those who have similar disabilities,” said Lian. “I highly recommend him and am so happy with the education I’ve received while here.” Plus, I got to enjoy the warm San Diego sunshine!

Click here to learn more about Pro-Train Institute, the Official Dog Training Programs Castillero runs in Vista. Or, sign up for his Exclusive One-Day Workshop on February 17, 2018 hosted at the Iconic Deer Park Winery in Escondido. It’s just $149 for a Full-Day of Training. This training is geared toward would-be dog trainers and dog owners who want to learn more about behavior modification for their canines. Space is limited. So sign up now! (Canine welcome with approval from Castillero. Email him for details at protraindog@gmail.com)

 

 

 

3 Training Tricks for Dogs Who Don’t Like Being Groomed

A well-groomed pup is a joy.

We’re confident many dog owners will agree with us on this one. Having a freshly groomed, silky smooth pet is one of the best parts of being the leader of your own pack. Grooming can be tricky and usually requires some training.

Whether you have your dog professionally groomed or carry out the practice at home, taking the time to ensure your pet is clean and healthy not only means you can enjoy more bedtime cuddles without dirt getting everywhere, but it also means you or your groomer can carry out regular checks for unwanted intruders such as fleas or ticks.

However when it comes to grooming your dog, the process might not always be as straight forward as it should be. It’s just in the nature of some dogs to want to avoid sitting still even for a short period of time, while others may become anxious when you attempt to move them into the unnatural positions that are sometimes required to groom them thoroughly.

If this sounds familiar, check out these top three training tricks for dogs who just aren’t the biggest fans of being groomed.

Have Treats on Hand to Reward Your Dog

Using treats to reward your dog and reinforcing good behavior is one of the oldest tricks in the book, which is exactly why we’ve included it as Number 1 on this list.

Although your pet may not initially enjoy being groomed, when they find out that treats are on offer for behaving in the right way than they will soon start coming round to the idea.

You can start off by simply rewarding your dog for sitting still for extended periods. You can then build upon this behavior and reward your dog when they make it through whole grooming sessions without causing any commotion at all.

Slowly but surely you will begin to notice a stark contrast in how your dog behaves while being groomed and they will start to love being groomed more than you enjoy bathing them.

Use positive reinforcement for best results.

Use Practice Objects to Familiarize Your Dog with Grooming Tools

This might sound like a strange suggestion at first. Why would you want to train your pet with practice objects rather than the real thing? This trick actually has a number of benefits.

Grooming tools come in a number of different shapes and sizes. Not only that, but electric grooming sheers and nail clippers and grinders can also give off some rather strange sounds, which are enough to unsettle some dogs before you’ve even begun trying to groom them.

By using a practice object you can choose an item that will give off no sound at all and can also serve as a gentle yet blunt message that you won’t harm your dog if they flinch quickly or try to get away.

You can begin using the practice item by running it close to your pet’s face and around their paws and coat to see how they react. If your dog gives off no reaction at all you can move on to using the real thing knowing your dog will remain calm.

Keep sessions short in the beginning.

Keep Sessions Short and Slowly Increase Grooming Time

At first you should look to keep the grooming process as short as possible. Even the most boisterous or nervous of dogs will be able to sit for 1-2 minutes at a time.

Although it may be difficult to groom your pet effectively in this time that isn’t the overall goal here. Instead you want to get your pet used to the idea of being groomed and by slowly increasing the length of the grooming sessions each time you can do so without unsettling your pet.

Once they know they have nothing to fear and that no matter how long the grooming session lasts that they will absolutely fine you will start to see a change in their attitude to bath time and may even start to enjoy the process, especially if you keep the treats coming every now and then!

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Dog Training 101: How to Train ANY DOG the Basics

Help the Dog Training rEvolution do more and get better access to me to help you with your dog starting at $2 a month! http://www.Patreon.com/Zakgeorge http://www.facebook.com/TheZakGeorge If you are new to teaching your dog, you’ll want to watch this playlist! A complete step by step guide to teaching your dog or puppy: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMssKIjsDxXmMGypWsr8u-yGOUSoPoozb An intro to clicker training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPDOrEEsAJ8 This is a MUST for anyone new to dog training, or anyone who has reached a plateau. Dog training should not be about domination, but communication. The latest installment of my “Dog Training 101” series is up, and it’s a good one! Absolutely PACKED with entertaining dogs and great info. Y’all are going to like this one:) Believe it or not, I’ll give you a quick lesson on how to teach your dog to leave something alone when you ask, look at you when you ask, sit, lie, down, tips on working with high energy dog, the importance of the training bubble, the value of clicker training, and of course how to achieve great communication with your dog! I find it so gratifying to know that thousands of people will see these videos and that together, we are encouraging people to use more effective and humane approaches to training. Quite honestly, I really do not think there’s anything like this out there today when it comes to dog training. If you like the video, click “LIKE”:) and tell me what you think! Help me get this video out there! Do you have a preference when it comes to hyper dogs vs. chill dogs?

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7 Quick Tips for TOILET TRAINING a Puppy or Dog

Toilet training a puppy or older dog can be time consuming and frustrating. Watch this video to learn how to make the process as fast and stress free as possible; for you and your dog! Subscribe to That Dog Geek for more videos on dog training and behaviour. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatDogGeek MUSIC: Life of Riley Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Top 10 Cool Tricks To Teach Your Dog

Siiiit. Staaaaay. Watch the video… good dog! Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Cool Tricks To Teach Your Dog. Subscribe??http://www.youtube.com/c/MsMojo?sub_c… Facebook??http://www.Facebook.com/MsWatchMojo Twitter??http://www.Twitter.com/MsWatchMojo Instagram??http://instagram.com/MsWatchMojo For this list we’re looking at tricks that any dog lover and owner can teach his or her canine companion. Some of the tricks featured are definitely advanced, but are still achievable with time, patience, and lots of practice! The only tricks we’re removing from the list are the truly over the top types of tricks that can only be taught by professionals. We’re also not considering the classic standards, like sit, stay, down, etc. Special thanks to our users M.D.W. and Daniel Fong for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at http://www.msmojo.tv

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Top 5 Benefits of Using a Dog Kennel

Top 5 Benefits of Using a Dog Kennel

A dog kennel is a shelter or house-like structure for pets that is enclosed with plastic, metal bars or wire mesh.  A dog kennel keeps your dog in confinement and provides him a safe and comfortable place. For dog owners it is really a useful tool and especially for those who don’t have a fenced yard or garden.

There are two types of kennels available on the market right now.

  1. An Indoor Kennel
  2. An Outdoor Kennel

Using both types of kennels has some advantages. Our friends at PetCareUp.com share the benefits of kenneling your dog. Let’s take a look first the difference between an indoor kennel and an outdoor kennel.

The Difference between Indoor and Outdoor Kennels

Indoor dog kennels tend to be smaller and may be made of wire, plastic or chain link. Whereas outdoor dog kennels are generally larger than indoor dog kennels with enough room for the dog to move around and they are constructed from chain link fencing. Whether you are choosing an indoor or outdoor kennel, you need to ensure that your dog can get enough space to move around while she is inside the kennel. The benefits of using dog kennels are many.

Kennels Provide Enough Room

Dog kennels provide enough room to play or run. Your dog may feel bored or get into mischief in confinement if he doesn’t get enough space for playing. Besides, it is always not possible to keep her on leash. Keeping your dog without leash is not always wise in an unprotected place as he may escape or cause damage.

In that case, a dog kennel gives you the opportunity to keep your furry friend in her own safe place. Your dog can easily play, take rest and sleep inside the kennel. You can store your pet’s essentials like toys, food, water and bed in it.

Kennels Keep Your Dog Safe and Comfortable

A dog kennel provides safe shelter and a comfortable place for dogs. Kennels are enclosed with well-ventilated fencing so that your dog can get enough light and fresh air. It also contains a roof for providing shade to protect your dog from excess heat or rain.

Kennels give protection not only to dogs but also keep other small animals, your family members and neighbors safe from your dog.

Dogs have the tendency of digging soil. If your dog loves to do so then it will be wise to keep him in confinement. Beside this, toxic plants in a garden may sometimes cause harm to pets. In that case, a dog kennel can protect your dog from any kind of harm.

Kennels Are Great for House Training

House training a pet is a hard job. You can make this process much easier by keeping your dog in kennel. Teach her gradually what to do or not to do. Praise him for the right actions and correct him for wrong conduct.

Potty training of pets is also a difficult task. A dog kennel can ease your difficulties. Just slowly educate her. Show your dog a fixed spot where he can poop. Take her every time to that spot to eliminate. He will learn it gradually. Praise or give a treat for doing good and reward her.

Some dogs are aggressive in nature or get into mischief by seeing strangers. To train these kind of dogs a kennel is a must-have tool.

Kennels Are Safe for Traveling

If you want to travel with your furry family member, then using a kennel is ideal. You can easily take him with a portable kennel. You don’t have to use a leash .

Portable kennels are easy to carry and keep your dog safe and protected. You can keep the kennel aside while you are driving. Your trusted canine cannot jump over the road or cannot cause any damage to your car. It is really a wonderful thing for those who love travelling.

Kennels Are Cheaper than Fencing

For your dog’s safety you will want an enclosed area. But, setting fences around the whole yard is very costly. Considering that, a dog kennel can be great alternative for both you and your dog. A dog kennel is much cheaper than fences and much easier to install.

As a dog owner you want to keep your dog’s safety a top priority. A kennel can give your beloved companion safety and comfort during containment.

Consider the construction material of the kennel and select the right size that will fit for your dog. According to your purpose of use, choose the indoor or outdoor kennel. Choose material that is easy to clean. It will give your dog a healthy environment.

Want to share your kennel success story? We’d love to hear from you. Email us a photo or a quick word at protraindog@gmail.com about how your kennel has worked for your beloved dog.

Is Cannabidiol a Viable Natural Supplement for Your Dog’s Health?

Is Cannabidiol a Viable Natural Supplement for Your Dog’s Health?

Is CBD right for your dog? Read more about the latest in cannabidiols for dogs.

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a cannabinoid — a compound produced by the cannabis plant. We’ve identified more than a 100 different cannabinoids (113 to be precise) all of which could play an important role in balancing out the neurological, psychological and physical processes inside the bodies of all mammals.

Just to give you a quick background:

All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which is simply a network of cellular receptors and activators, which regulate communication between many processes in our bodies, like pain perception, inflammation, appetite, sleep, anxiety response and a few other.

To stimulate the proper response of these functions, the mammal body produces endocannabinoids, which in turn activate the receptors in charge of each process. Sometimes, however, things don’t work that well and the only way to go is to somehow supplement with cannabinoids and balance out the system.

This can be done in two ways: you can go for either synthetic or natural cannabinoids. Dogman Mark suggests natural to synthetic.

Natural cannabinoids are best when they come from plants and we call those phytocannabinoids. When it comes to phytocannabinoids, there is only one plant that can be used for extracting these compounds and that is cannabis.

Now, cannabis has a lot of cannabinoids, most prominent of which are THC and CBD. THC, as most of you know, is the one that gets people high and has found its use among many medicinal marijuana patients in search for pain relief and an increase in appetite.

Dogs, however, are special in this regard and the only cannabinoid that can be safely used for their health is CBD.

When properly administered, CBD helps dogs boost their appetite, reduces inflammation and allergic reaction and, when combined with behavior modification therapy, helps reduce aggression and other behavioral issues.

This infographic by Greencamp will educate you more on the topic and help you take the first step in improving your dog’s health once and for all.

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Designing a Dog-Safe Garden

Designing a Dog-Safe Garden

If you have a dog and would like to keep a beautiful garden at the same time, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot achieve this. What is important is that both you and your canine friend can enjoy the benefits of a relaxing and lovely garden without stressing one another. You and your dog need space and a garden is a great place to interact, relax and socialize. For these reasons, it is vital to design a dog-safe garden that will keep your beloved pooch happy and secure. A key component in ensuring you have an animal-friendly garden is dog training for your pet’s cooperation, which is essential in creating a common garden that will benefit you both.

Designate a Pet Area and Train

Happy dog, Happy Owner.

 

Dog training is important to keep the garden in a good condition. Pets should learn where they can and cannot run. That place should also provide them relief such as shade and a source of water like a small fountain or pond. Train them to do their business in an authorized area. Letting them poop all over the garden is not sanitary and will cause diseases such as giardiasis.
While the garden is a place where your dog should run freely, there might be times when you need to keep Fido on a leash. For example, when applying fertilizer on the lawn, it is best to keep them away to avoid contact with organic residues. You can train your pet to stay still while on a leash in a defined space in the garden. Loose leash walking is also a skill they can learn or you can enroll them at a training school. It is beneficial for you both and makes walks pleasant whenever you go for long strolls along the beach, in the park or the woods if your pet learns to loose leash walk.

Secure Your Yard with a Good Fence

One of the first things to think about when creating a dog-friendly garden is perimeter fencing. A fenced garden makes it easy for you to let your pet roam freely and enjoy the outdoors. Note that some dogs can really jump high and will do it especially if they see something that attracts their attention on the other side of the fence. Check the stability of fences at regular intervals to make sure that your pet won’t be able to leave the premises which can become dangerous especially if you are living on a busy street or area. Of course, if your dog continues to jump the fence it is an indication of a behavior that needs correction and is best to take care of right away.

Jumping fences can be a sign of a behavior issue that needs correction.

Petscape Your Garden

It’s in your dog’s nature to dig and sniff. Unfortunately, there are flowers and plants that are highly toxic to them. This does not mean though that you can’t have blooms in your garden for there are many beautiful ones that won’t harm your pet such as impatiens, asters, marigolds, petunias, and pansies. If you want to plant flowers that you love such as amaryllises, tulips, and lilies that are highly poisonous to pets, do so in a fenced area of the garden, elevated beds, pots or in hanging planters. Go for hardy plants that won’t easily die when your pet tramples on them. Create pathways in the garden and around the perimeter of fences where your pets can move freely. Dogman Mark suggests planning jasmine. Not only is this shrub hearty and easy to maintain and grow, it is very fragrant. This is the ideal combination for a pet-waste area.
Keeping a good balance between your needs and that of your canine friend’s is important for a happy co-existence. By creating a dog-safe garden, you have an outdoor area that is not only welcoming but also a common place where you both can hang out, relax or simply chill.

Creating a pet waste area is a smart move.

 

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