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10 Tips All Pet Owners Should Know to Improve Home Air Quality

Having a pet is a little like having a toddler. They always need your attention, they idolize you, and you’re constantly cleaning up after them! Not only are you constantly cleaning up after your pets, but having a pet has a huge impact on the air quality in your home. Even people without allergies can be sensitive to dust, dander, and toxins in the air of your home. To improve the air quality of your home, follow these top ten tips.

Invest in an Air Purifier

An air purifier for pets is the most effective way to clean the indoor air in your home. It may seem a little expensive, but it’s definitely well-worth the price, as long as you keep the filters changed. Choose a high-efficiency particulate air filter, or HEPA filter, which can help you remove 99% of particles in the air, both toxic and dust. That makes it perfect for pet dander, especially if you’ve got an allergy sufferer in the house.

Clean up after Your Pets

As diligent as you are about cleaning up after your furry housemates, it’s easy to miss things. Keeping your pet well-groomed and on a regular bathing schedule is one way to avoid dander and shedding in the house. Strict rules about Fido and the furniture may not be practical all the time. Choose furniture that’s easy to wipe down, like leather and vinyl, rather than upholstery. A pet-friendly mud room with tile or laminate flooring can also help, especially on bad weather days. It gives you a chance to give your pet a good brush-down, before tracking more allergens through the house.

Cut Down on Carpeting

The upholstery collects dust and toxins in the air, but it’s nothing compared to the carpets. No matter how often you vacuum, carpets are full of everything from pet dander, to pollen, even human skin flakes! Yuck! And while they’re busy holding onto all that, carpet fibers shed, and release fibers full of all of this debris into the air. Cut down on the pollution in your home by cutting down on carpeting. Hardwood is pricey, but healthier, and laminate flooring and tiles are an even cheaper option. This goes for large area rugs, too. Regularly cleaning, either with a steam cleaner, or in a commercial washer can help remove some of the mess that can become airborne with just the vacuum.

Keep Kitchen and Bathrooms Well-Ventilated

Your kitchen and bathroom, and especially laundry rooms should be the most well-vented rooms in your home. But in a tiny apartment, you’re lucky to have a window in these spaces. Airing out won’t exactly cut it. Installing a ceiling fan in your kitchen can help with air circulation, and an air purifier can keep things clean. Open windows and doors to encourage air flow, especially while you’re cleaning or cooking.

Ban Smoking Indoors

One of the most common toxic elements in your home is the residue from cigarette smoke. No amount of second-hand smoke is safe, and smoking under a fan or in front of a vent does not help. 85% of the particles released through smoking are both invisible and odorless. If you must smoke, do it outside, every time. Preferably a foot away from the house, in the yard or street.

Clean Using the Top-Down Method

Obviously, the best way to combat dust in your home, is to keep it thoroughly clean. But all the dusting in the world won’t keep your home free of everything. Especially if it’s just resettling elsewhere. Expert house cleaners use the top-down method. Start at the highest point of your furniture or shelving, and dust downward. That way, you won’t miss the dust that is in the air. Eventually, you can vacuum or sweep the remaining dust right out the door!

Use Natural Cleaners

Unbelievably, some of the toxins in your home may be caused by the cleaners you use. Airborne bleaches and other harsh cleaners can irritate allergens, and even cause asthma attacks. Stick to natural and green cleansers. Or, make your own, using white vinegar, citrus sprays, and natural whiteners like baking soda.

Clean Air Filters and Air Ducts

An air purifier is a great idea, but only if you can take care of it. As your filter becomes clogged, it is more likely to circulate dust bunnies and smoke particles than to remove them. Keep your filters clean. Ideally, you should replace your air filters every 30 to 60 days, depending on the number of pets you have, and if there are any allergy or asthma sufferers living in the house. Air ducts should be cleaned every three to five years.

Run Your Laundry Less

Between the fibers in your clothes, and the potentially harsh chemicals in your laundry detergent, running the washer and dryer less often can improve the quality of air in your home. Laundry rooms are most often in the basement, and can be poorly ventilated. With all the extra fibers floating around, a separate air filter in your laundry room might be a good idea. Failing that, visit a laundromat instead, or just run your washer and dryer less often. As a bonus, it’ll save you money, and help save water too!

Keep Plants Indoors

To keep your home feeling fresh, you can go green in more ways than one. Use some potted plants to clear the air. Indoor plants can absorb all kinds of gases, including carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and benzine. Bamboo is even better. It can remove twice the average pollutants from your home as the average fern. Bonus: keeping a herb garden or tomato plant indoors is also a cheap and easy way to save money in the kitchen!

There are lots of things that impact the air quality in your home. Pets are just part of the problem. Smoking indoors, harsh cleaning chemicals, and even the carpets and rugs in your home can be a huge problem if your home is not properly ventilated, your home could have more air pollutants inside than outside! Follow these tips to keep your house, and your family healthy.

Getting Rover Ready for a Road Trip

Now’s the perfect time to dream up and plan your summer road trip with Fido. Photo by adrian on Unsplash

Dogs are hugely popular in America and 36.5% of American households have one. When vacation time rolls around, owners always debate whether to bring their beloved dog along or not.
From an emotional point of view the decision is easy.

Why would anyone deprive their children of the unconditional love a dog provides? There is a great amount of research on the benefits to children whose family has a dog. Why not make great memories with your beloved canine and the kiddos. The positive impact to the entire family is undeniable.

From a more practical point of view, however, the idea of bringing a four-legged friend on a road trip is terrifying for many owners. Surely, bringing a dog along will cost more and incur hassle. Like with many things, this so-called truth may not hold up in the light of day. Boarding costs in America are between $25 and $45 a night which adds up very quickly. If you want to save this money, you need to know how to prepare to road trip with a dog.

Start Well in Advance

As with anything, your dog thrives on familiarity. Crate travel is the safest option for your dog, so it is vital that they are used to, and comfortable, with spending time within a specially-designed and safe crate. Take the time to familiarize your dog with the crate, reward him for spending time in it and avoid using it as a punishment. The more positive experiences he associates with the crate, the easier it will be to get him used to using it.
Before going on your road trip make sure that every trip you take your dog on, even just to the shops, involves the crate. It is one thing to be used to the crate, it is quite another when it is in a vehicle.

 Plan Your Rest Stops Carefully

It is vital that you build in plenty of rest stops, not just for you, but for your dog too. Think of your family as having gained a new child; you can’t just stop, pee and dash anymore – your dog will need an opportunity to burn off some energy and have fun, just like kids do. Comfort breaks will simply need to be longer and will require more than a bush by the side of the road to hide behind.

Let’s get comfy…sleeping accommodations are important.

Where Are You Going to Sleep

Where to spend the night is a big question on any trip. Being shackled by the need to find a motel or hotel along the way can really put a dampener on the afternoon of a trip. When you add in the worry that you will also need to ensure that any hotels along your route are dog-friendly, it just seems like a recipe for unneeded stress.
Vacationing in an RV removes many of these worries. RVs allow you to bring your home along with you. The children and dog all have familiar surroundings every night and you only need look for a parking space. Bringing an RV can also save you a substantial amount of money along the way on motel and diner bills.

Remember to Have A Dog Aid Kit

New parents learn quickly that their little bundles of joy require more bags and equipment than they could have ever imagined. Having a dog on a long trip is much the same. Make sure you have seat covers, towels, tweezers, wet wipes and a collapsible bowl with you at all times. Do not assume that your destination will have anything you need. If your pet needs a specialist diet then bring enough along for a significant portion of your journey.

Be prepared with a Dog Aid Kit.

Finally, Prepare for The Worst

As a responsible dog owner, you understand there are additional costs involved with treating your fur-baby when he or she has an ailment, or for preventative measures. It is vital that you get your dog vaccinated and chipped. You will be going to strange and unfamiliar places, so ensure that if your dog gets distracted, or attacked you’ve maximize your chances of it pulling through or being returned to you. But most of all, remember the trip is supposed to be fun for both you and the dog.

Happy Trails from all of us at Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions related to Summer Travel. Need your dog trained before a big (or small) trip this Summer? Our trained professionals can have your dog ready for your adventures in as little as two weeks!

Useful Pet Health Tips for People with Senior Dogs

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Are you a long-time pet owner with a senior dog? As your beloved dog gets older, their health requirements change. They may need different nutrients, higher-quality protein, fewer calories, slower walks, and warmer climates. Taking care to accommodate an older dog will help keep them happy and stave off age-related decline. Whether you’ve recently adopted a senior dog or you’re noticing some signs of aging in your lifelong friend, here are some tips to keep them healthy and comfortable.

Monitor Your Senior Dog’s Weight

Helping your dog maintain a healthy weight may get a bit more difficult as they grow older. Senior dogs tend to be overweight, putting them at risk of serious heart or blood pressure complications. Weigh your senior pet on a regular basis so you can make changes to their diet or exercise routine and keep them healthy. Bring your pet to the vet for a checkup if their weight changes by 5 to 10 percent, as this could indicate a more serious health condition.

Consider Giving Your Senior Dog CBD Oil

CBD oil is a hemp-derived product with numerous health benefits. In human studies, CBD has been found to treat pain, control seizures, stimulate appetite, reduce anxiety, and support heart health. Several pet owners have found that dogs can enjoy many of these same benefits; CBD oil may be particularly useful for dogs with joint pain, inflammation, skin issues, and anxiety. CBD oil even has cancer-fighting properties and may contribute to the death of tumor cells in dogs. For help picking the right oil for your dog, check out a CBD buyer’s guide for an organized breakdown of the best CBD oils of 2019. However, make sure to talk with your vet before starting any new treatments on your dog.

Take Your Senior Dog to the Vet Twice Per Year

Senior dogs should visit the vet at least once every six months. This frequency allows vets to catch health changes quickly and can set you up with a treatment regime to prevent long-term problems. During wellness exams, your vet may recommend diagnostic tests to check for age-related health conditions. VCA recommends having your pet tested before they develop an illness to give your vet a baseline for comparing future results. Also, ask your vet to conduct an oral exam to ensure your dog’s teeth are healthy.

Brush Your Senior Dog’s Teeth Regularly

According to Dog Quality, dogs of all ages and breeds are extremely prone to oral hygiene problems. Although this may not cause too many problems for young dogs, dental disease can lead to many health issues in older pets. Poor dental health can negatively affect the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, and digestive system. On the other hand, pets that receive regular dental care tend to live about two years longer than pets that do not.

The best way to care for your dog’s teeth is to brush them every day. Tooth-friendly foods, such as special kibble or dental treats, can also help support their dental health.

Make Sure Your Senior Dog Gets Enough Exercise

Regular exercise will help improve your dog’s joint flexibility, muscle strength, and circulation. Try to take your senior dog on slow-paced walks every day. Give them time to explore, sniff around, and greet people — this stimulates a dog’s mind and keeps them sharp. Let your dog walk you and pay close attention to their comfort. Make sure to keep your dog warm in cold weather since older pets have difficulty regulating temperature.

Make Your Home More Accessible

You can make your senior dog more comfortable in your home by making a few accessibility adjustments. For example, consider getting a raised platform for their food and water bowls so your dog doesn’t have to strain their neck to drink or eat. Non-slip mats can reduce the hazard of slipping on hard floors, ramps or stairs can help your dog get onto your couch, and comfortable bedding can reduce arthritis pain.

Putting in the time to care for your senior dog can make a huge difference in their quality of life. This extra care may even strengthen the loving bond between the two of you. Although you can’t do anything to stop your beloved pet from growing older, you can at least ensure their senior years are spent in good health and happiness.

A Dynamic Service Dog Duo that Helps Save Lives

Pro-Train Grads Oscar and Michael Make American Red Cross Headlines

Five-year-old German Shepherd Oscar is the proud service dog for Michael Pritchard. Michael is a longtime independent investigator working with the public defender’s office. and suffers a hearing deficit. And, after successful pairings and training with other dogs from Pro-Train for his family, Michael knew he and his work life would benefit from a trained service dog.

It was a bit of a rough start, however, as he was originally paired with a different dog (Gunner) who had been slated for a veteran suffering from PTSD. Gunner was very attuned to the amount of emotion happening in a court session.  And, while Michael loved Gunner, he could see that his beloved canine was not going to handle the rigors of his career well. That’s when he called Pro-Train founder and owner, Mark “Dogman” Castillero and they both made a bold move. Gunner was returned to Pro-Train to be paired more suitably with another owner. “It wasn’t my first choice, but I trusted the instincts of legendary trainer Dogman Mark.”

Owner and Canine Bonding

Mark delivered Oscar…a recently trained service dog pup, then just 9 months old. Oscar’s personality, according to Mark, was a better match for the daily grind of public service, in and out of courts and offices and near lots of different personalities and scenarios. “At first, it was me who struggled as I missed Gunner, but Mark encouraged me to take my time with him…and establish a true bonding,” recalls Michael. Bus rides, a trip or two to the bowling alley, a few visits to the local Costco…and it wasn’t long before Oscar and Michael were inseparable.

Oscar actually exceeded Michael’s expectations. He was so pleased to see that Oscar would provide “therapy” to his witnesses in his child dependency court cases. Even at a distance, witnesses and others in the court room would be more at ease with Oscar nearby.

He points to the phenomenal training that he and Oscar received through Pro-Train. “The great thing about Oscar is that he knows he has a job to do, but he’s just as well behaved with the vest off when out in public,” said Michael. Pro-Train makes sure that every dog, no matter whether it’s protection or service dog or basic obedience, has been well socialized and knows how to “play well with others.”

Trained to Play Well with Others

Speaking of playing well with others, the Bend, Oregon based duo have found an additional “calling” as Donor Ambassadors for the American Red Cross. Now semi-retired, Michael was looking for an opportunity to use his time to volunteer for a cause he is passionate about. He knew that blood transfusions had helped saved at least two of his family members.

At the start of their volunteering, Michael and Oscar were up before the sunrise picking up donations and delivering them to local hospitals. The duo has become so popular in the region, that at donation events they’ve seen an uptick in the number of willing donors after just meeting the two!

Featured in the American Red Cross Newsletter!

Michael and Oscar were featured recently in that region’s American Red Cross newsletter.The-Beat-Temp-issue-2–color (dragged) It speaks of this amazing inspirational duo, “Oscar alerts Michael when someone is speaking to him from behind. Since Oscar is such a good boy and donors continuously ask to pet him, Michael’s response is ‘sure you can…if you donate.’ It’s amazing to see how many potential donors will go through the process so they can give and get loves from Oscar.”

Of the 10,000 dogs trained through the years, this story is one of our favorites here at Pro-Train. Michael and his family have had six dogs trained in total over the past 25 years. Michael is quick to give kudos to not just Dogman Mark, but all the trainers he has used throughout the years at Pro-Train. Lead Trainer, Saheed Lawal trained Oscar, as an example. And Michael has used the “lifetime guarantee” for refresher trainings with Saheed and Oscar when he visits family in North San Diego. “It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in this lifetime…can’t imagine my life without my well-trained furry family members.”

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