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How To Handle Dog Pee From Nervous Tinklers

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The Tinkler

The dog pictured above is Roy. I’ve mentioned Roy before in a previous post Loyalty Makes You Family And This Breed Has Great Devotion. He’s made a huge impact on my family and this time, I wanted to talk about something else that was going on behind the scenes. Roy tinkled (urinated) like crazy. His owner forgot to mention this when we had our meet and greet, our first time meeting. My husband and I found out when we stayed alone with him for the first night.

 

Everywhere he went, a trail of pee followed behind him. The house eventually started smelling like pee very strongly and I wanted to avoid that, so we mopped. We mopped like crazy. We mopped every 15 minutes it felt like. This way, we made sure there was no reason for the house to smell. It still did. It’s as if the pee sunk into the floor and stained it.

 

HOW WE GOT RID OF THE SMELL

Yes, we were able to get rid of the smell. It only took about an hour of steam mopping, GLAD Plug Ins, carpet cleaner and incense for about a few days.

The Glad Plug ins worked great for the entrance, but the rest of the house didn’t smelled as good. It mainly only protects the area it’s next to. We needed it to cover the entire house because the odor was so strong. We put one in front of the door because that’s where the odor was strongest. Roy would tinkle off of excitement and every time we came back home, he tinkled.

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This is the carpet cleaner we used to get most of the odor out of our carpet. Noticed how I said, “most.” I think we might just have to do it a couple more times to completely eliminate the odor. The cleaner smelled good and our vacuum works well, we have two.

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The vacuum on the left has a stronger hand power suction, (probably because the bottom doesn’t work anymore.) The one on the left works okay. We bought that vacuum brand new and it doesn’t work as well as we thought it would. Even though it’s specific for pets, the pet hair clogs very easily. My husband had to take a look inside of the hand piece because it was no longer suctioning. I was getting ready to send it back to the store but he refused and fixed it for me.

 

I couldn’t help but to think, “Maybe a Dyson vacuum would work better.” The commercials really sold me at least. I just wanted a vacuum that would suction most of the dog hair without trying so hard. We still have the two vacuums and our carpet is pretty clean.

 

TRYING TO AVOID ANY FURTHER DAMAGE

We asked Roy’s owner if they knew he tinkled and they said, “Yes. Normal.” We felt it wasn’t our place to tell an owner how to care for their pets so we took care of the problem while he stayed with us.

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We grew tired of slipping on and mopping Roy’s pee so we decided to make a purchase. We went to our local Pet Food Express and ask the front cashier where their diapers were. I thought we were going to buy the disposable diapers so we could throw it away after each use but after taking a quick look, we decided to go with the reusable diaper.

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The diaper worked great and caught all of his pee. No more urine smell! Well, kind of. Roy smelled like urine a little so where ever he went, the smell followed. That didn’t deter us from giving him unlimited love. We loved having Roy around and a little pee wasn’t going to get in our way.

 

In the picture below, you can see Roy showing off his new accessory. He didn’t seem to mind it at all and we didn’t mind changing the disposable pee pad we would add in there to avoid having to constantly wash the diaper. We did still wash the diaper to ensure all remnants of pee were gone.

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LOOKING FOR SAVINGS

You can make a considerable amount of savings from buying disposable human diapers. However, in order to make your dog comfortable, cut a hole where the tail will be. Some dog owners have even mentioned human diapers fit their dog better. The only difference with the human diapers is that they should be put on backwards. Meaning, the side straps should be on the back of your pet and not on the stomach area.

 

Here’s a detailed description on how to put one on:

 

  1. Put the back of the diaper with the tabs under your dog’s belly
  2. Pass the front of the diaper between your dog’s back legs and up over his back, passing the tail through the hole you made
  3. Then bring up the tabs from underneath and fasten over the dog’s back. You can secure it with tape if you feel it won’t stay attached.
  4. Make sure you can fit two to three fingers comfortably under the waistband around your dog’s belly. You want to ensure it stays on but doesn’t make your dog uncomfortable.

 

Give it a try and let us know how it works!

 

Avoid Diaper Rash and Discomfort
Just like babies, your dog’s skin can become red, irritated and sore from contact with urine-soaked diapers. Make sure that the lining of the diaper is soft and absorbent and not too tight to avoid chafing of the skin. Change the diaper every time you notice the dog is going potty and avoid leaving them to soak in it. If urine somehow gets in contact with your pet, disposable grooming wipes work great! We like to use the hypo allergenic wipes just in case a dog is allergic to something we’re unsure of.

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Summer Fireflies And Bright Lights

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Fireworks vs Dogs

It’s normal for dogs to be scared of loud noises and fireworks are no exception. The loud noises trigger their nervous systems, and they can become uneasy or frightened. As a survival instinct, most dogs run away and hide. My dog Bubbaz was never one to run. Bubbaz would bark a different bark. This bark was deeper and stronger, as if he was trying to protect us. Please keep in mind that the experience of fireworks is different than other natural loud noises, like thunder.

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WHAT’S WITH ALL THE BARKING?

Dogs who are scared and nervous often bark. Dogs communicate differently and barking is there way of letting you know they’re uncomfortable and want to scare what’s scaring them. Firework can be a Summer staple. As such, most people fail to cater to their dog’s sensitivity to them. It’s a sound they don’t hear everyday and all of a sudden, the sound is going on for most of the day. Wouldn’t you freak out? It’s a sudden, relentless, obnoxiously loud boom/pop/crack. Dogs may confuse the sounds for thunder and react the same with fireworks. Some dogs have had bad experiences in the past with fireworks and are scared the entire time.

 

BBQ THE SCARE AWAY

Don’t feel like going out where the fireworks might be? Stay in and have a home BBQ with friends and family. Your dog will greatly appreciate the silence and comfort of being at home.

 

Here’s my husband and little one getting ready for our last year fourth of July celebration at home with our dog Bubbaz.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR DOG FEEL SAFE

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Here are a couple of things to try during the Fourth of July:

  • Try to bring your dog inside for the entire day and night the summer of loud bangs and lights.
  • Stock up on treats to give your dog as a distraction
  • Try white noise sounds like a tv, radio, or a fan
  • Tire them out before night time so they can just sleep during the all of the activities
  • If you want to go out to enjoy the shows, leave your dog in a crate or in a closed bedroom to secure them in the home and ensure they don’t run away from being so scared

 

 

 

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Fur Babies and Kids: How To Make It Work

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Combining Two Worlds For The Perfect One.

 

What are “Fur Babies?”

Fur babies are dogs who are like a child to the owner. They’re like having a child except you don’t hear them talk. Well, Dogs do talk when they bark but its not quite the same as humans. Anyway, some owners spoil their dog as much as they would a child. Endless treats, spa treatments, grooming, taking them to school, they get socialized and more. There really is no limit to how far some owners or parents, might go for their fur baby.

 

Getting Your Little One Involved.

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In the picture above you’ll see my little one, Massimo, or as we like to call him, Chimi. Chimi loves our dog walking business. Because he grew up with Bubbaz, our English Bulldog, he’s learned that most dogs can be pretty cool. On our walks, we love to get him involved. In the picture you can see that he is holding the retractable leash. We feel it gives him a sense of responsibility knowing that he has to make sure to never let go on the leash. He does a great job most of the time and when he gets tired of holding it, he lets us know.

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A couple of other great ways to help them get more involved are by helping during feeding times by measuring the amount of food going in or by putting the food bowl down. Let your little one pick up some poop to teach them ALL that comes with a furry friend. Filling the water bowl is a great way to show your little one that water is important to everyone and everything living. Try some of these suggestions and see the smile and gratification on their face.

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BE CAUTIOUS.

Kids and dogs can be a great combination if handled properly. Forcing your fur baby to socialize and be petted by children may not be the best idea, especially when you know your dog has clearly shown you he doesn’t like children. One main reason dogs do not like children is because of their energy levels. They can get hyper, overexcited and freak out at any moment. It’s best to notice the signs of aggression before things get out of hand. Some kids love dogs so much, they invade their space rather quickly. Kids who already have a dog have the most confidence. It’s also best to teach your kids that not all dogs are friendly. Some dogs come from different backgrounds and react differently during certain situations. A great way to ensure a dog is friendly is to kindly ask its’ owner. The owner should know the dog’s character best.

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Karma the Bulldog.

Karma for example, is a dog who does not do so well around kids. His owner warned us ahead of time about that and we listened. We allowed Chimi to go around Karma to let Karma know he was there. We made sure to monitor any interaction to avoid injuries. His owners mentioned that when children are around, he likes to nudge them to the floor. His nudges were never vicious but they also couldn’t be easily ignored. When a dog shows this type of behavior, listen to your gut and be very cautious with the dog and your little one.

Warnings To Look Out For.

Don’t trick yourself into thinking your dog, who is showing these signs will never bite. That will only put you or someone else’s life at risk of being bitten or mauled. A couple of warning signs to look out for are:

  • Growling
  • Snipping
  • Snarling
  • Barking
  • Hair rising

 

What to do when a dog of yours is showing signs of aggression?

Try not to punish them. That can only anger them more and escalate the situation.

 

The next time your dog growls at you, try this out:

1) Stop. Whatever you’re doing! It’s not as important as saving your life.
Wait until you notice your dog is starting to relax, then slowly move away. This will show your dog you’re rewarding the relaxed behavior and not the growling.

 

2) Carefully analyze the behavior.

Why did he growl in the first place? Was it something he didn’t like? Is he being restrained? Is he hurting? Does he feel restrained?

 

3) What stressors does your dog have? Lower or eliminate if possible.

For example, if your dog does not like kids, avoid taking your dog to the park. If your dog doesn’t like to be touched on the head, inform newcomers of this. Don’t force your dog into any situation they don’t feel comfortable in. That is only setting your dog up for failure.

Keep in mind that stress can cause a dog to become aggressive and a bunch load of stressors can cause a dog to snap.


4) If all fails, look into a behavior modification treatment center.

Behavior modification is the approach to changing a dog’s behavior. Unlike dog obedience training that trains a dog to perform a specific action when told to do so. Behavior modification looks to help change a dog’s reaction to a situation, a person, a thing, or animal. Below are some facilities located near me, Oakland, CA.

 

 

 

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Yes! This Is Proof That Not All Bulldogs Are Lazy

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THE BULLDOG BREED

Bulldogs were originally used to drive cattle and to compete in a gory sport called bull baiting. Today, they’re gentle companions who are great with kids and enjoy the occasional walk around the block. This breed is filled with tough, strong-minded characters. Some may call them stubborn.

 

BULLDOGS AND EXERCISE

Bulldogs are prone to joint problems. Providing your pup with too much exercise can quickly lead to lifelong bodily disorders. Exercise is just as important for English Bulldogs as it is to us. It keeps them fit and healthy. Also just like us, regular exercise helps maintain and lose weight. Consistent walks will also help build and maintain muscle. Get your pup out there for exercise too!

 

HERE ARE SOME DOGS WHO HAVE BROKEN THE “LAZY” DOG IMAGE

 

BUBBAZ THE BULLDOG

If you’re looking for a bulldog who doesn’t need much exercise and wants to spend his or her day snoring, look elsewhere. My english bulldog is like no other. From pup to an old man, he’s always had a spunky, energetic personality. Exercise? YES! Bubbaz LOVES to hike. His favorite place, Oyster Bay Park in San Leandro, California. This dog friendly park welcomes the public to let their dogs go off leash. Now, the entire park is not off-leash, but not to worry, there are signs posted when to leash.

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The trail pictured above is a pretty long and steep hill. This is one of Bubbaz’s favorite trails. As he’s aged, the trail walks have become shorter and shorter, and that’s okay! Bubbaz is turning 12 this year and we’re so happy to have had him this long. He’s enjoyed many off-leash walks and countless playdates now with our business picking up. We think Nature’s Dog Walkers is one of the best things that’s happened to him. Not only does he get to go on a hike or walk everyday, he gets to enjoy them with a group of friends now. Endless socializing for this big guy.

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ROCKY THE BULLDOG

I’ve mentioned Rocky in a previous post and why? She is one of the spunkiest bulldogs I’ve met! This girl is so full of fun and energy, you just can’t help but to smile when you’re around her. Her tail and butt wagging while she’s still running is hilarious. Definitely a site to see. Yes, she does enjoy to take the occasional nap, snores, makes funny sounds, and has the signature underbite of a bulldog but the energy level is off the charts.

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This young girl enjoys to go on runs with her sister Macy and play all day long with her favorite pal, Cameron. (Picture above: Macy, Cameron, and Rocky) Did you think bulldogs could jump, at all? I didn’t. Rocky loves to show off her tricks by jumping high off the floor. Hang something over her head high enough to get a jump out her and she’ll do it.

(Picture below: Rocky and her dad Franklin playing at their local park.)

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IS A BULLDOG A GOOD FIT FOR YOU?

  • Most Bulldogs are very stubborn and hard to train. Show them treats and this is a great start. YUM!
  • Occasional aggression towards other dogs –  Some male bulldogs may act aggressive towards other male dogs.
  • Bulldogs shed a great amount. Just because they don’t have long hair doesn’t mean it doesn’t get EVERYWHERE. Rugs, couches, and clothes, can be filled with fur if not maintained.
  • Bulldog sounds. Because of the short face, they snort, snuffle, wheeze, grunt, and snore loudly. The sounds can worry some owners but can be cute little noises to others.
  • Some drool more than others and some not at all.
  • RUN FOR COVER! These little guys can really make a room go silent.
  • High cost. Because most English Bulldogs can’t mate without assistance and need C-sections due to the size of a bulldog’s head, their cost is rather high. They can range from $1000-$3000. Due to their health problems, vet visits will run up your credit card in no time.
  • Serious health problems. Hip problems, heart problems, and skin problems are only some of issues they can run into. Their compromised respiratory system makes it very risky to provide them with anesthesia during surgeries for example. In the summer, remember they need to be in a cool room to avoid overheating.

 

 

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To Crate Or Not To Crate

Did you just get a new puppy? Or are you thinking about it? Well, if you are thinking about it, I would bet that you’re debating on crating the new puppy. I am a firm believer in dog crates. It should be part of your training plan. Many experts (a la Cesar Milan) will tell you that crating a puppy is a good thing…when used properly. A crate is comparable to a puppy’s home and safe haven when it’s coming into your home.

 

Imagine all the new smells and sounds and noises coming from everywhere all at once when a puppy comes home. A young child who is excited to own their first pet, the cat that’s been there for a few years, and even the ice maker are all scary encounters on the first day or even week. A crate will make your puppy feel safe.

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All 3 of my pups were crated until a little past their second birthday. Mainly, it was to protect my shoes, furniture, any item that I didn’t want chewed on or piddled on. My pups also went in their crates during a storm in the middle of the day even when I was home or even when they were tired after a good dog park visit. Sometimes a blanket over the crate is nice…but beware of the puppy who starts chewing on the blanket from the inside of the crate. A nice sturdy pillow or dog bed is always good. Toys can be ok, but don’t be surprised if they are shredded when you come home. I would not leave bones or chew treats. And usually no water until the puppy is older.

 

Crate training can be simple if done consistently by everyone in the family starting day one. When you bring that puppy home, introduce him to the crate and put a blanket or cloth that came with the puppy in the crate. Do not force the puppy in the crate. Just show him where it is. (Also, a crate should grow in size with the puppyàyou do not want the crate to be so big that it can pee or poop in the corner and still sit in another corner). After the first day’s excitement is over, it will be time for bed. Make sure that puppy is tired, but no matter how tired you make that puppy, they will cry the first night. Probably about ½ hour or so. Second night a bit less and so forth. I do not suggest letting them out when they cry b/c then you start all over.

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Except for the overnight crating (8-10 hours max for little pups under 6 months), a puppy should only be crated when you leave the home. The general rule of thumb is: the age of the puppy in months equals the number of hours they can hold their bowels. 2 months old puppy = 2 hours and so on. Once a puppy is about 10 months old, they can usually hold it for the whole day while everyone is at work and school.

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Never, ever, ever, use the crate as a punishment for anything. Remember: everyone’s pup is different. These are general crate guidelines and tools. I still have a crate in case of emergency or illness too. You will notice once your puppy is no longer in his crate, he will find his own “crate” like environment, under a table, under a piece of furniture, even under your bed.

 

 

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Looking To Start Your Own Dog Pack Walks?!

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What is a “Pack”?

A pack is a group of dogs who go on a walk, hike, or run together. A pack can build a strong bond from their ride in the car and know who’s already in the pack or not.

How We Know

My husband and I started a dog walking business together and it wasn’t until recently that we found this out. (That’s my husband above.) We started noticing that without even saying anything, the pack knew to stay together. One dog in particular, when leashed only, growls at other dogs who are not part of the pack. She would probably bark at a dog from our pack if they weren’t leashed next to her. Interesting right? We thought so too.

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When We Decide To Leash

We wish dogs never have to be leashed. Realistically speaking, that just isn’t possible. Due to some owners not having the time to properly leash train their pets, they don’t know how to behave on outings. We always ask the owner if the dog we’re caring for can walk off-leash or not before we try, that way, we’re prepared for what’s to come. If we find that a dog’s recall skills aren’t as good as we prefer, we leash them until we gain their trust and even then, we leave the leash attached so we can catch them a bit faster if they decide to run. When going on an outing, please make sure to RELAX. I know this can be kind of hard if your dog pulls and tugs the entire time, but try to remain calm and relaxed. Dogs really do sense energy and if you’re stressed, you better believe that your dog will pick up on it. Try basic commands such as: come, sit, stay. If they listen, treat them. Slowly but surely you’ll begin to see results.

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Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying your walks with your pet by your side enjoying a leash free walk. No more neck pain for the dog from the pulling and no more arm workouts for you during a simple walk around the neighborhood.

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