Disabled Parents on How to Create a Safe Home

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Straight talk from disabled parents. Parenthood can have an enabling impact on disabled people. Confidence, self-esteem, and personal motivation levels may grow as you discover that you can overcome physical limitations and be as effective and nurturing at parenting as anyone else.

Parenthood also brings couples together in a unique way that enhances the relationship and encourages you to work together as a team. Working together helps disabled parents overcome many of the prevailing social attitudes and stereotypes through which people still tend to view disabled parents. It’s in that spirit of teamwork that couples need to come together to prepare for what will be the most challenging and rewarding experience of their married lives.

Here are four important considerations for creating a safe and convenient environment for your newborn when you’re disabled…as told by our friends at

Consult with Health Professionals

Begin by consulting with your doctor and a maternity nurse to talk through some of the hurdles you’ll confront. Health practitioners can help you understand the ramifications of what you’ll face as parents, and begin the process of preparing for the unique challenges that you, as a couple dealing with a disability, will need to address before bringing your child home. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to plan ahead in light of your disabilities.

A Well-Prepared Environment

Every expectant parent needs to carefully childproof their home. Disabled parents need to think through everything as they prepare their home for parenthood and how to deal with any physical and mobility limitations. As is always the case where little ones are involved, safety is your first concern.

Make sure that all fire detection and prevention items are working and easily accessible. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher at home, you’ll need to purchase one, know how to use it, and keep it where it’s easy to get to. Be sure that there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor and make sure they’re working properly.

Heavy objects that aren’t secured to the wall constitute a potentially lethal danger to your child, so make sure that all bookcases, heavy furniture, television stands, entertainment centers, and large decorative items are well anchored. Make certain that your furniture and tables have soft corner guards, and install safety latches on all cabinets. Get into the habit of locking medications and cleaning fluids securely away. Keep any dangling electrical cords or drapery pulls safely attached to the floor or walls. All stairways should be blocked off with security gates, securely bolted to the wall, not spring-loaded.

If You Have Dogs…

You’ll also need to take steps to prepare your dogs for the new arrival. Well before the baby makes his or her debut, relocate your dog’s belongings to an area of the home that won’t interfere with your maneuverability when you’re carrying an eight pound bundle. When you bring your new son or daughter home, allow your dog to get close; he’ll be curious, and that’s okay as long as he respects boundaries and doesn’t show any aggression toward the baby. If your dog’s manners aren’t what they should be, consult a professional animal trainer. Many offer programs specifically for parents of newborns. Dogman Mark and his team have created an exclusive Baby Program to help canines and their newborn parents prepare for their new life.

A well-trained service dog can make a huge difference in the lives of a disabled person.

Key Childcare Duties

As parents, you’ll be changing lots of diapers, giving lots of baths, and holding a fussy baby several times a day (and night). If your disability makes mobility an issue, consider keeping the baby crib or child bed near your bed. That way, those frequent diaper changes and feedings will be a lot easier.

Bathing can be a particularly tricky task for any parent. Try setting up a sufficiently large, plastic container on a table that’s within easy reach. Consider bathing your child together. Carrying a baby or small child can also be tricky, so consider using a chest harness baby carrier if you’re in a wheelchair.

Remember, your living environment needs to be a readily accessible space. You may need to replace entry points with an access ramp, install expandable hinges on doorways to make them wheelchair accessible, and install slip-resistant flooring.


Try to think through parenting needs within the context of your physical challenges. That way, you’ll create a safer and healthier living space for your child and a more convenient home for you as a parent. Remember always to take a team approach to parenting.

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3 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Dog’s Brainpower

Have fun games for your dog to learn and play.

You can teach an old dog new tricks and in so doing, boost your dog’s brainpower. Just like us, dogs that don’t continually use their brains can lose the ability to function at a high level. Studies on the neurology of dogs have shown that one of the best things owners can do for their dogs is provide mental stimulation. No matter the form this takes, such as teaching the dog new tricks or giving the dog puzzle toys, research has shown that mental stimulation will lead to a much happier — and smarter — dog.

Personalized Training Can Make All the Difference.

Personalized Dog Training Classes

In order to test or bolster the IQ of your pet, training is essential to developing a basis of knowledge and instruction. In fact, dogs that participate in personalized training classes are less likely to develop cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), which normally develops with old age and manifests as forgetfulness and general disorientation. In addition to undergoing training, there are several ways to boost your dog’s brainpower and improve their cognitive function for the long-term.

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Improve Your Dog’s Vocabulary

Whenever we think of improving our own IQ, one of the immediate suggestions we hear is to learn a new language. In a similar vein, improving your dog’s use of language is a great way to boost brainpower. Even though we talk to our dogs on a daily basis, we don’t often times teach them what a word means. However, since dogs can’t talk, improving your dog’s vocabulary actually means teaching him/her how to associate words with certain actions.

For example, one command your dog probably knows is “go potty” or “go do your business.” For dogs, these words are immediately associated with going outside and, well, doing their business. Try teaching your dog new commands with new actions, as this will improve their IQ and make them smarter. We’ve all seen those dogs on TV or YouTube who can bring their owner a bag of chips or open the front door. You, too, can expand your dog’s vocabulary to learn new commands like these—much to the surprise of your neighbors and friends!

Your dog will be Ready to Play!

Get Playful with Brain Games

Another simple and fun way to improve your dog’s IQ is to create some brain games that will make them think. As mentioned before, stimulating their brains in anyway we’ll make them a happier and healthier dog overall. While everyone enjoys playing fetch, and that is great for exercise, the downside is that there is no real thinking involved for your dog.

Fortunately, there are many fun activities that are basically dog-versions of classic children’s games that will exercise both your dog’s body and brain. Here are some ideas to get you started:




  •      Create a backyard treasure hunt with hidden toys or treats
  •      Play hide-and-go-seek by having one of your friends or family members hide while you distract your dog, then releasing your dog to start looking for the hidden person
  •      Make cleaning a game! If your dog has mastered the command “drop it”, then  you can encourage him/her to pick up all of the toys lying around and “drop” the toys into a bin or box.
  •      Play red light, green light if your dog knows how to heel!

By improving your dog’s vocabulary and planning some fun brain games to play together, can boost your dog’s brainpower and make them a happier, healthier and smarter pet for years to come.


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Pool Safety Tips for Dogs

If you have a pool, your number one priority is to teach your dog how to swim.

Pool safety for your beloved canines should be a top priority for all dog owners. Latest research finds that dog drowning is linked to various factors, such as accidents in the water, seizures near the pool, falling through ice and falling into the water.

Even if your dog knows how to swim, s/he might be afraid of the water. For such dogs, panic quickly ensues if s/he ends up in the water. Panic will cause a dog to tire easily, increasing the risk of drowning. To keep your beloved dog safe, your best bet is to dog-proof your pool for its safety.

Here are the Top 6 Considerations to ensure your pool area is safe for your dog.

Teach Your Dog How to Swim

The first and most important thing you can do is teach your dogs how to swim! Let s/he become familiar with the water by standing on steps in the shallow end. Then, hold your dog’s hind section to let it learn to kick the water with its bag legs. Professional swimming lessons can be a good idea too, so that you’ll have greater peace of mind when your dog is in the water.

A Fence Around the Pool

This is a must simply because you can’t watch where your beloved canine is every second of the day. When you’re inside the house, s/he might be sniffing around the pool. You’ll have more peace of mind if you have a fence to keep it away from the pool when you’re not outside. If you’ve got a chain link fence, make sure the fence’s diamond pattern isn’t larger than 1-¾ inches, as this can’t be climbed by children or dogs alike.

Be aware of paved areas when it gets hot.

Make sure your dog knows how to exit the pool.

Areas Can Get Hot

The pads under a dog’s paws are really delicate and prone to injury from the heat. Dogs love to run across a swimming pool pavement, especially if s/he is excited because you’re in the pool!  Bear in mind, hot concrete or bricks can really hurt or burn their paws. Be careful to keep the paved areas cool by strategically placing garden umbrellas to cast shade on the ground or by having more grass around the pool to offer their paws relief. If your dog has injured its paws due to heat scalding, keep it out of the swimming pool. Actually, swimming can make the situation worse instead of offering relief because it softens the paws and makes them more prone to getting burned.

An Easy Way Out of the Pool

Even if your dog can swim, you want to be sure that s/he knows how to get out of the water quickly if s/he encounters a problem. You can help by putting something on the steps leading out of the pool, such as a light to make the exit point more visible. Another idea is to install a ramp in the pool. This is easily attached to the top of the pool, making it easy for your dog to climb on it and walk out of the water.

A Pool Cover

You might think a pool cover is a great way to keep dogs out of the pool, but your good intentions can backfire. If your dog falls into the pool, s/he might get trapped under the pool cover and not be able to find its way out. This can lead to suffocation and drowning.

A clean pool is a happy pool.

Keep the Pool Water Clean

Some dogs love lapping up water from the swimming pool, and this is generally safe if your pool is well-maintained and disinfected. However, you should prevent your dog from drinking swimming pool water if the water has  just been treated with chemicals to kill algae. You don’t want your beloved furry family member to get sick from those toxins.

When it comes to your beloved fur babies, always be water wise! Dogs are curious beings and it’s really easy for disaster to strike. By ensuring you’ve got a safe pool and pool area, you can keep Fido and Fifi happy and healthy.



The Doggy Wisdom Workshop: Pro-Train’s One-Day-Only Group Dog Training, San Diego

Are you guys ready for the big day? You should be! There is only a week to go before the ProTrain’s group dog training in San Diego. This event entitled “The Doggy Wisdom Workshop: Behavior Modification Dog Trainer 101” is happening on February 17, 2018 (Saturday), which will give you a rare opportunity to experience a top-notch training program from one of the finest dog trainers in the country – Mark “Dogman” Castillero. So, mark your calendar now before you miss it.

If you have not booked a ticket to the event yet, do it now before the slots run out :). Here’s the link:

Why you should not miss the event

In this event, Mark “Dogman” Castillero, animal behaviorist, author, one of the founders of the California Kennel Association, and the Director of Training for Pro-Train since 1978, will cover the basics of how to become a dog trainer. And, 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)
  • Custom tailoring your services
  • Diversification
  • 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 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 one-day-only dog training workshop in San Diego, CA.

Get your ticket now – here:

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

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