3 Biggest Medical Issues that Masquerade as House Training Problems

Being a new puppy owner can be such a wonderful experience. Your puppy is exploring, and being adorably awkward. And naughty… adorably naughty. You’re learning all the ins-and-outs of puppy training, nutrition, and veterinary care. House training is definitely on top of that list!

As you work through the “don’t-pee-in-my-house-please” details, you’ll have successes and you’ll find yourself taking a few steps back. If you do find that you’re having trouble with house training, your first instinct may be to call a trainer (which isn’t wrong!). Your vet should also be on top of that list. There are several physical reasons for your puppy to be peeing in the house, and you want to rule those out before giving him the “naughty” speech. Here are the most common medical issues that can masquerade as house training problems:

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Fear Free Means Happy Paws: The Magical Music Box Called Pet Tunes

When I became Fear Free Certified earlier this year, I searched for the best tools to bring on board with me. These would help promote the goal of stress and fear-free interactions for all of my special needs and medical needs clients. Although we have quite a few great items in our toolbox, the Pet Tunes Bluetooth Speaker (I like to call it my “magical music box”) is one of my favorites!

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How To Stop Your Senior Cat From Scratching Furniture

Adopting my wonderful senior cat, Pickles, is one of the best things I’ve ever done. She’s sweet and gentle, and she fit in with my other cats very quickly. [Read more…]

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5 Tips to Master the Dog Park

The Dog Park.

Ah, mixed feelings. A lot of us do have mixed feelings about taking our dogs to the dog park, and that’s quite normal. Some have had great experiences, others bad, and for most of us fellow dog park goers, we’ve had both.

We have 5 tips for pet parents to help you and your pup make the most out of your trips to the dog park and hopefully help to keep the not-so-good experiences to a minimum. [Read more…]

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Recognizing Signs of Stress & Fear in Your Cat

Stressed out cats are more likely to struggle and become aggressive.  Aggressive cats (9 times out of 10) are not truly “aggressive” as much as they are strongly reacting to their fears. Even at home, certain changes and unknown elements can lead our kitties to becoming more stressed and anxious. Chronic stress can also lead to health issues (we all know that), and some kitties may be more sensitive than others. For all of us cat lovers, we definitely understand that a happy cat means a happy house. I’m sure you can recognize an angry or very scared cat, but can you recognize the early signs of feline stress? And if so, what can you do to help them adjust and keep them from getting to the tipping point? [Read more…]

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Dog Walker Secrets: It’s all on the Belt! The Top 8 Items to Carry

I love being a professional dog walker because it wonderfully melds my passion with the more practical need to have enough exercise and stay healthy. Knowing that I’m helping families provide that to their pets is also incredibly satisfying. As much fun as it is, it’s also very important to plan ahead and be prepared for most situations that may pop up!
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Recognizing Signs of Fear in Your Dog

Almost 90% of owners will say that their pet has some sort of behavioral problem. This can range from the “reactive”or “cranky” to “dominant” pets. There is a behavior or “personality quirk” that’s not ideal, but it’s something that the pet’s family lives with because…well, why not? It’s not a big deal. He’s just “cranky” or “certain things set him off”. But what if you can notice signs of discomfort before that happens? What if Fido is acting out because he’s scared? Can you recognize the early signs of fear? [Read more…]

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Fear Free Means Happy Paws: 4 Simple Ways to Help Our Pets with Stress

Science can measure stress and its effect on the health and well-being of our pets. Both short-lived and chronic stress can impact their health, healing process, and lifespan. Fear Freesm ideas help lower our pet’s level of anxiety, which results in a happier pet and a safer environment for treatment (both at the vet clinic and at home). [Read more…]

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ARCC: FIRST Pet Care Service with a Fear Free Certified Professional!

We are very excited to announce that ARCC Owner Alex Dundon is a Fear Free Certified Professional! This means that ARCC is the first professional pet care service (outside of veterinary clinics) in the country to have those credentials. We are excited to begin incorporating this wonderful initiative to our service, especially for our special needs and medical needs clients!

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Favorite Collars & Harnesses

Recently, I had a client ask me about my favorite type of collars and harnesses that I use to walk dogs. This is a great question because I often see people using “equipment” that isn’t working optimally for the dog. Here’s a list of my favorites and why they work well. [Read more…]

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