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GPS Tracking for Your Dog

Our dogs become like extended family…and many of us refer to our dogs as our “kids”.  Our kids’ safety and health are a top priority. And just like we can use GPS tracking for humans, so too can we use it for our beloved canines.

But where do you begin? Whether you are a new pet owner or have had Fido for many years, a GPS tracker may be a good option for your situation. For pups who like to go on walks (without their owners) or cats who love to wander, a pet GPS is a great option to give pet parents peace of mind.

Our friends at reviews.com are huge animal lovers, so their team was excited to tackle the task of finding out which trackers were the best. They sought out models that had top of the line technology, a long battery life and accurate tracking. And, of course, ease-of-use and an intuitive app. Check out all your options here and drop us a line and let us know what you think.

 

 

Preventing Your Dog From Destructive Chewing

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All dogs love to chew. It helps relieve stress and releases pleasurable endorphins into the body.  Some breeds have a worse reputation for chewing than others, notably Jack Russell Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Golden Retrievers and Labradors. Destructive chewing could be part of your dog’s DNA or genetics, but what training techniques can you implement to prevent this unwanted behavior in the future?

 

 

When It’s Alright to Chew

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Puppies explore the world through their mouths. And when they begin teething, chewing can really help to alleviate the symptoms. This can go on for six months, so it’s best to comfort them and provide something cold they can put in their mouths to soothe the pain. Ice cubes work well or putting a favorite rubber toy in the freezer. Start training your puppy on what’s acceptable and not acceptable to chew, focus on encouragement and rewards for chewing their own toys.

As they get older, their desire to chew will continue but it’s important you channel it in the right way and recognize any behavioral triggers. Dogs will rarely chew to annoy you, but by understanding any possible causes of destructive chewing you can put appropriate measures in place and tailor training methods accordingly.

 

 

Why Do Dogs Chew?

  • Older dogs may chew because they are bored or want attention.
  • They might chew to relieve nervousness or reduce any feelings of fear.
  • Separation anxiety is another cause of destructive chewing. Your dog might become stressed anytime they’re left alone.Medical reasons. Chewing can be a result of an unbalanced diet, too little calcium or gastrointestinal issues.

Preventing Destructive Chewing

Whatever the reason for destructive chewing, there are strategies you can put in place to help. First, it’s important to “dog-proof” your house. Tidy things away that you don’t want your dog to pick up and consider leaving your dog in a crate or utility room when you’re out of the house.

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Everyone knows a tired dog is a happy dog. By providing enough physical exercise and mental stimulation, you can help release any excess energy and avoid issues with boredom. Hiding treats, indoor play and plenty of interaction will all tire your dog out.

Training your dog to chew their own toys is essential. This review of which toys work best to stop unwanted chewing could help. There is a variety to choose from and it helps to rotate them to maintain your dog’s interest. Kongs, Nylabones and Dental Sticks are all worth consideration. You can also discourage any destructive chewing on specific items by spraying them with unpleasant scents. To help prevent your dog from becoming “Chewzilla” consider some of these tips on how to prevent your dog from destroying woodwork.

Separation Anxiety

If you think your dog is experiencing separation anxiety, start introducing training techniques early to encourage independence and calmness. Establishing yourself as the leader and getting your dog to respond to commands will all help increase their confidence. It’s important to remember to avoid scolding or yelling at your dog if they do destroy something. Unless its immediate discipline, they won’t know why they are being shouted at.

By taking these preventative measures, understanding your dog’s behavior and encouraging appropriate chewing through positive training and reinforcement, you should get the results you want and avoid any destructive chewing in the future.

Want to talk to a professional about further training for your beloved Fido? Mark “Dogman” Castillero has trained over 10,000 dogs in his 40-year career. He and his team at Pro-Train Innovative are ready to help.

Support Animals: Tips for Individuals with Disabilities

Specially-Trained emotional support animals can make all the difference in the life of a disabled person.

For individuals who are living with a disability, having a pet can be a huge help. Some are specially-trained emotional support animals, while others are simply loving pets that provide comfort and company to those who need it most. Some pets can be trained to complete physical tasks that are too difficult for their human companions, such as opening doors or carrying shopping baskets.

Whatever your needs are, there’s sure to be a pet for you. It’s important to make sure your pet’s needs are met as well, however, by giving him lots of attention and care. This begins the moment you bring him home, meaning you’ll need a good plan for keeping him happy and healthy. Bonding time is especially important for support animals in order to keep a connection that will last a lifetime.

Here are a few of the best tips on how you and your support animal can take care of one another. Guest blogger Ashley Taylor of disabledparents.org shares some great information here.

 

 

Maverick and his owner, who is deaf, have bonded well! Another Pro-Train Success Story.

Form the Bond

As soon as you bring your pet home, the bonding should begin. Clear your schedule as much as possible so you can play with your new pet and let him assimilate to his new home. Allow him to explore his surroundings and, if possible, only have immediate family there when he arrives. Keep things calm and conversational, and let him meet everyone at his own pace. This will set the tone for your relationship and will give him a sense of trust, which is imperative when it comes to support animals.

Stay Social

Pets can help you stay social and active, which is important for many individuals who are living with a disability. You might visit a local dog park for a walk after dinner, or join local events that include pets. Emotional support animals can be extremely beneficial when it comes to loneliness, but it’s helpful to get out and spend time with other people as well. Talk to your doctor about which exercises are best for your needs and which ones you should stay away from so that you and your pet will stay safe, especially during colder months or when the weather is inclement.

Just like a baby or toddler needs extra attention, so too do our pets upon arriving at our home. Make sure its safe your new Fur Baby.

Pet-Proof Your Home

Many animals will explore their new home eagerly, so it’s important to make sure each area is safe and free of trip-hazards, toxic plants or foods such as chocolate, and exposed wires or cords that might look like fun chew toys. Take a look at the outside of your home as well, especially if your pet will be spending a lot of time there. The yard should ideally be fenced in to keep him safe, and should be free of any rocks or small items that could damage his paws. For more tips on how to get started, click here.

Traveling with Your Dog

Traveling long distance can be challenging. There is a lot of prep work involved and it’s important for you to research which mode of transportation is the best suited for you and your animal. Did you know that train travel is fast becoming the most rewarding way to travel with your pet? Give this great thought for your next long distance trip! It may be the best decision, other than proper training, that you make!

Pro-Train has trained thousands of service and assistance dogs.

Proper Training

All new pets, like children, need a bit of guidance so they can understand the rules. Even those that have been specially trained as emotional support animals may need to learn how things will work in your home. Go over basic commands to ensure he knows how to sit, heel, and stay, and make sure your family members understand the rules as well. Keeping everyone on the same page will ensure that your pet doesn’t become confused.

If you need help with service dog training, Pro-Train is a top pick for people with disabilities. Founder and owner Mark Castillero has a phenomenal staff who he has mentored and trained. Whatever the disability, your dog will be trained with your specific needs to your specific situation. Lifetime guaranteed.

 

Having a pet can make a world of difference for an individual with a disability, but it’s necessary to choose the right animal for your needs. Whether you’re a dog person or someone who loves cats, making sure you are compatible with your pet is essential. After that, it’s just a matter of loving and being loved.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Ever wonder why dogs sleep so much? Dogs need an appropriate time of rest and a regular bedtime routing.

Thanks to the folks at Sleep Help, a site devoted to promoting sleep health and wellness, there is a great resource guide for pet owners about how dogs, like humans, need their sleep. 

Heads Up! We Received Some Good News from Yelp

Isn’t it so inspiring when you open your email early in your business day and you read some good news? It is! We are excited to share to you that your Pro-Train just received a notification from Yelp! Well, it’s a message bearing a congratulatory message saying that “people love Pro-Train Innovative Training on Yelp”. Yelp calls this particular recognition as “window clings.” If you are wondering what does it look like, we are sharing it below. Please take a look.

Heads up! We Received Some Good News from Yelp

Now, why this recognition is a big deal for us? Why we are happy? First, this badge is only given twice a year to those companies who qualify to receive such recognition. Not all companies listed on Yelp can get it; only those who meet the performance criteria. Second, it’s a plus points for us as a service provider – it can help further improve the level of trust given to us. And lastly, it’s an indicator of the quality of service we provide and it’s good since clients are giving positive feedback.

This recognition inspires us to be more enthusiastic and more passionate about our mission – to become always your foremost dog training facility in San Diego, where trainees come out with not only better but excellent skills in dog training.

Clients/trainees can rest assured that we continue to deliver nothing but the best dog training program that they and their lovely canine deserve.

This recognition also inspires us to continue to innovate with our processes so that our training programs become more refined – for the benefit of our trainees who aspire excellence in dog training.

If you are looking for a professional dog training service provider in San Diego, don’t hesitate to come visit Pro-Train and see for yourself our facility and the program we have prepared for you and your lovely dogs.

For inquiries, contact us today at (760) 749-0897 or 1-877-BAD DOGS.

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