Latchkey Dog Day Care and Boarding

Latchkey Dog Day Care and BoardingTop Questions to Ask About Safe Dog Boarding Services

There may be times when the family isn’t able to take the family pet with them during a holiday or when the day’s activities keep family members away at unusually long intervals. When your pet needs daycare or overnight boarding services be sure to ask these important questions to ensure the service is qualified and prepared to provide safe and healthy care for your dog.

For short routine absences consider electronic pet monitoring.  Be sure to explore the customer reviews. There are some amazing reviews and some cautions regarding device compatibility as well.

First determine the level of care you will need.

  1. In Home Pet Sitter,
  2. Daycare (outside of your home), or
  3. Overnight Boarding.

Develop a Care Plan to outline your dog’s needs, health, schedule, preferences, feeding time, play and exercise time. Depending on the time of day, the extent of your absence, and the provider you choose, some of your pet’s familiar experiences may need to be adapted. The longer the planning period and time spent in providing these adjustments (at home with family) the easier it will be for your pet to enjoy time spent away from familiar people.

Latchkey Dog Day Care and Boarding Question Checklist

Qualifications:

  • What Licenses does the facility possess?
  • What agency or organization monitors licensing?
  • What Training Classes are required for staff that provides direct care?

Practices:

  • What is the method of communication and discipline model used in the facility?
  • Who is qualified ‘on-site’ to provide First Aid and Emergency Planning?

Schedule:

When planning ahead is an option knowing (and implementing) the holiday schedule with your dog before you take them to a provider will socialize him/her to a large part of adapting to new surroundings.

  • Are all guests (pets) on the same schedule?
  • Meals times.
  • Play time.
  • Sleep time.
  • Exercise time.

Are other activities offered? Having an opportunity to introduce your dog to elements of a new activity can also set his/her mind at ease. Familiarity is a large part of socialization training.

Contact Information:

  • How can pet owners contact the facility during and after business hours?
  • Who will be contacted in case of emergency?

Staff Duties:

Each staff may have different qualifications and duties.

  • What duties are assigned to each staff member who will be connecting with your pet?
  • What additional qualifications should each of these staff members possess?

Reviews:

  • What are other pet owners saying about their experience with the service?
  • Do they offer open communication with social media to ensure clients have access to share publicly when they are either satisfied or disappointed with the service?

Our pets are members of our family and we find it just as important to seek amazing services for them as we would for any other ‘people’ family member. Finding qualified care is essential to ensure your dog is happy, healthy, and comfortable with their accommodations. We wouldn’t stay in a hotel with questionable standards. We wouldn’t want our pets to be uncomfortable while we are away.

Remember These Top Tips

  1. Shop around,
  2. plan ahead,
  3. provide your pet with socialization opportunities, and
  4. ask questions.

Everyone have a happy holiday!

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Sleeping English Creme Golden Babies

What sweet sleeping English Cream Golden babies! After a fun day of play, all our puppies fell asleep on my lap. I slid out from underneath them and they all gathered together.

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English Cream Golden Retriever Language

IMG_2443-1024x768We are painfully aware sometimes that the communication we want, need, and really do require to keep our pets happy does not happen in human words. We use human words to speak to them but they cannot reciprocate with human words. There’s only one option: you’ve got to learn to speak their language, be that Pekinese, Boxer, Golden, or Chihuahua.

English Cream Golden Retriever Language Training Tips

Dog language is a matter of silent movements. You have to learn to watch their ears, tails, fur, and the sounds they make. One of my assistants has cats and her cat stands beside her office chair and makes a very distinct sound that means “Stand up, and go over to that door and open it. I want to go outside.” Your dogs speak this language, too, and to learn the vernacular, all you have to do is to become a keen observer. Here are some tips:

  • Watch the tail wagging. Some animal scientists have discovered that when your dog’s tail wags more to the right, he or she feels positive about you or the situation. Left, not so much.
  • A slow, more stiff tail wag means “warning; something’s not quite right here.”
  • When your dog is confident, his tail is up. When he’s experiencing a negative emotion, his tail is down between his back legs.

English Cream Golden Retriever Language

What other silent messages is your dog bringing to you? Does he run up to you and then back to another area? He’s trying to tell you something about that area. If his toy rolls under the couch, does he stand in front of you and look under the couch? His eyes are tell you right where to look. If he’s thirsty and there isn’t water set out, or perhaps he prefers it fresh, does he go to the sink and give you “the look?” Are you watching carefully where your dog points his nose? It contains a message to you.

English Cream Golden Retriever Language Puppies

Golden Retriever puppies and your dog can help you to unfold stronger powers of observation that you can subsequently use in other areas of your life. You might become a better painter because of it, or a better parent, or a better worker bee in your job. All this from observing your pet’s communication with you. What a happy pet you’d have, too, and how much more harmony will exist in your home. We enjoy an interesting game to play with children: see who can learn new “words” in dog talk just by observing.

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What should I feed my puppy?

HealthyPetsLongerLife.Com We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood, increasing the longevity of their life! The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent. Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

I’m often asked “What should I feed my puppy? What do you recommend?” I have always researched the dog food and looked at the first few ingredients, as I was told that these were the most important and meat should always be the first one. The guaranteed analysis was the next important criteria.

Note: This blog post was previously published on Wisteria Goldens in 2014. We are resharing for our newest Wisteria Goldens families.

We had been using our brand of dog food for years and are no longer able to get it. So, my research for dog food was on again.

Wow, I have learned so much! I spent over an hour with a gentleman who has bred and shown dogs for years. His personal dogs have lived to be 18 years of age before they passed over the Rainbow Bridge!

He has a wealth of information on where what brands of dog foods were made, which ones swept up the leftover grains off the floor and put them in our foods, and which companies that specialize in household goods also make dog food. It was pretty shocking!

What should I feed my puppy Research

In my research, I discovered Life Abundance Pet Foods. This line of products was formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM. She has been a holistic vet for over 20 years. Served as President of the American Veterinarian Association of New York City, earned three Presidential Citations, appointed by Mayor Rudolph Guliano to help establish one of the largest animal shelters in the world, the author of three books on responsible care and treatment of pets, and has appeared on 48 Hours, Good Morning America, CNN, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and more. She has also created a non-profit foundation where a % of her product line is contributed toward rescue and care for pets.

Needless to say, I was pretty impressed. I learned that pet food was developed around World War II. It consisted of leftover grains that were rejected for human consumption. It was recognized very quickly that grains alone were not providing adequate nutrition, so protein was added, again with the source being rejected meat for human consumption; dead, diseased, dying, disabled, or drugged animals met the criteria.

Did you know that our pets genetically can live to be 20 years old, but the current average is 13 – 15? While many factors help the longevity of life – environment, health care, etc. nutrition is one of the most important factors.

  • Many of the ingredients in our pets food today cause a shorter life span due to the ingredients that cause stress on their kidney and liver functions which include; wheat, corn, and soy. These are also major allergens to our pets.
  • By-products such as chicken heads, duck bills, fish heads, chicken and turkey feet, bones, and diseased & contaminated slaughterhouse meat can also be included in our pet foods! BHA, BHT, which harms our dogs’ liver & kidneys and is known carcinogens. Ethoxyquin, which is used to stabilize rubber can also be used. All these chemicals are added to provide a longer shelf life – 2 years or greater.

Life’s Abundance Pet Foods are made with all-natural ingredients and include meat (quality sources), fruits and vegetables, probiotics to help the immune system, as well as antioxidants like grape seed extract. They do not include corn, soy, wheat or any by-products or chemicals. They do not manufacture the food in bulk and they ship directly to the customer in order to ensure a “fresh” product vs. one that has been on the shelf for months, even possibly a couple of years.

We are now (and have been for 7 years) feeding our dogs Life’s Abundance and raising the puppies on this food to ensure a long and healthy life, as well as provide our puppies a healthy start. We also give our dogs and puppies vitamins.

All of our new puppy owners receive their first bag of dog food directly from Life’s Abundance ordered and shipped by us. We feel that nutrition (just like us humans) helps to prevent health problems, which helps to prevent preventable vet bills, and provides for a healthier, longer life for our pets.

While this dog food “seems” more expensive up front, the cost is about $.70 per day for a 50 lb dog. You feed less dog food, but they receive more nutrition! They are able to digest, absorb, and utilize Life’s Abundance Dog food more effectively, and have less waste, which is a great benefit as well!

We hope you have found this information helpful in learning more about supporting the nutritional needs and health of your puppy/dog.

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Why Dogs Fear Noises

loud noiseWhat was that loud noise? We’ve all seen dogs whimper, tremble, or dive under the bed or hide in the closet when the fireworks go off on the 4th of July, or when there is a thunderstorm. You might never know why he or she has become afraid of such loud noises. Dogs have very sensitive ears and they might hurt. It could be separation anxiety along with the noise. You can do something to lessen his fear. If you don’t step in and make things better, they might become even worse.

There are two – shall we say “normal” – behaviors for when a dog becomes frightened because of a loud noise: trying to escape and run away, or, doing something destructive. Both behaviors are you dog’s effort to reduce his fear.

A side effect of your dog’s escape or destroy reaction to loud noises is that he might begin to associate other things in his environment with the loud noise and makes a link in his mind that the loud noise and the “thing” are somehow related, so he then becomes afraid of that “thing.” For example, if your dog is afraid of firecrackers, and your husband is the one in the back yard who is creating this loud sound, your dog might begin to fear your husband or the yard itself.

Loud Noise — How You Can Help

Watch your dog when he’s in panic mode. Where does he go to get away from that noise? Make sure he can get there, and make sure it feels safe for him. If it’s under your bed, put a blanket and his toys under there. If it’s inside the house for when he’s outside, make sure there’s a doggie door for quick escape.

If you know there’s going to be a thunderstorm, close the doors and windows if you’re not going to be there to help muffle the sounds somewhat.

If you’re there during the disturbing event, try to distract the dog from his own reaction: get them interested in something else like a toy or game with you.

Make sure your dog is well socialized. Interaction with lots of children and adults helps the dog to feel safer if loud noises occur.

Some vets prescribe drugs for dogs that react in a frightened manner, but we prefer to use drugs only as a last resort. Reassurance from you works just fine, and we have learned that some extracts like lavender, chamomile, geranium and peppermint can be used during a massage. The dog makes a connection between the calming massage and the smell of the oil.

Begin early in your dog’s life to calm her fears using some of these techniques. We at Wisteria Goldens work to reduce our puppy’s fears. You can introduce yours to these techniques and enjoy a happier pet.

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Service Dogs Selection Training and Communication

service dog selection training and communicationThe difference between a service dog and a companion dog is primarily training. A companion dog can potentially have only a basic training background. He or she will have a natural ability to be a companion, friend, and help with small daily tasks.

A service dog will have specialized training for the job he or she is assigned. The variety of service dog training options has become as varied as people who need them.

Service Dog Checklist

When you need a service dog the important things to remember are:

  • Select a dog with a natural ability to learn the skills he will need to perform the job.

For many service dog jobs golden retrievers are used because they have a natural desire to please their family and they are capable of learning tasks and communication to fit the job description. Their personality makes them a lot of program’s first choice unless a smaller breed would fit the job description best.

  • Find the right training program for the job he will learn

Finding the right training means to explore the training program options and find one with experience in the field you need your dog to learn about. The specialty dog training avenues are growing, and becoming cooperative, so whatever you need you are likely to find a group who has been learning the most they can learn to give your dog the best training available.

  • Follow up with the trainer to learn how to maintain the skills

The next area of training is for the handler and the owner. It is important to learn what a service dog has learned. Learn the tasks, how to communicate them, how to praise for them, and how to communicate play time versus work time. In some intensive situations when a service dog is providing an alert service (alerting owner about a health issue for example) a service dog may be ‘on duty’ 24/7.

In this case it would be helpful to provide a respite caretaker for the dog’s owner and a play time companion for the dog on a routine basis. Perhaps a dog walker who takes the service dog to the park a few times a week while the dog owner is supervised by another service provider, a friend, or family member.

As you interact with a service dog it is important to learn the communication skills he understands, and how to assist him in maintaining his skills. Generally speaking he will need to know when he is working and when he is free to play.  When he is working he will need to practice the skills he has learned on a regular basis.

Service Dog Cooperative Organizations

Organizations like “Paws with a Cause” work with potential service dog owners to identify their needs, select the right dog breed for the job, find the right customized training program, and assistance after your dog is living in your home. They will continue to provide support when your dog retires by helping you find a successor dog.

Service Dog Stories

The joy of having an assistant to help you pick things up when you drop them or to open a door for you. The joy of the independence a small yet precious service assistant dog can provide. These are a few of the stories.

Service Dog Purpose

A service dog has a specific job and specific training. What kind of service dog jobs are there? A service dog might assist with a person’s job or with daily living skills. She might help a librarian when children come to read, bring a smile to people in a hospital or assisted living, or bring cheer to any environment where people are in need of healing.

A service dog improves the quality of life for people with limitations. When challenges such as mobility, sensory, mental health, physical health limitations, and project task assistance are problematic, a service dog can help.

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Some of the service dog jobs we have explored previously include:

 

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Dr Sarah’s video about Door Darting is a great resource for training a dog Door darting is common if your dog has an adventurous spirit and often takes you on a game of chase, while you are trying to get to work or an appointment.

This video Dr Sarah Door Darting includes tips to help you to keep your pet safe despite her motivation for door darting.

Dr Sarah Door Darting

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

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Should You Shave Your Golden Retriever?

 should you shave your goldenEach summer I receive many emails from families asking about “shaving” their Golden Retriever. Should you shave your golden?

I did some research and found there is a risk of changing their coat when shaving them. It could either grow back thicker or not grow back properly at all. This is due to the double-coat that Golden Retrievers have.

If your Golden Retriever swims a lot and the hair stays wet creating hot spots, then this is a risk you might want to take, but most hot spots are eliminated when feeding a high-quality food, such as Life’s Abundance, that does not have wheat or corn, the highest allergens to Golden Retrievers.

Should you shave your golden?

Some people want to shave their Golden Retriever thinking it will keep them cooler, but this is not true. Goldens have two coats — the long outer coat and the soft fuzzy undercoat. These two layers work together to protect the Golden’s skin from sun, heat, cold, and moisture. Their fur acts as an insulator against both the heat and the cold.

There are health risks to shaving your Golden as well — skin cancer. When you cut the hair it exposes the skin to the harmful sun rays, just like it does for us, so they are more susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer, as well as other cancers.

Just something to consider in protecting the health of your Golden Retriever.

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

Biking

Dr Sarah Biking with Your DogTM TrainingDr Sarah has created this amazing video training to show how to safely go biking with your dog. The information includes basics and tips to ensure you and your dog are safe while enjoying a bike ride together. Dr. Sarah’s Pet Talk series video Biking with Your Dog.

Biking with The Dog

Much like we prepare ourselves for exercise activities it is important to prepare ourselves and our pets for exercising as well.

IMPORTANT: Running and Biking are NOT safe for English Cream Goldens until they are fully grown — around 18 months or older. Allow their body to fully develop before you take them running or biking (or other high impact exercise) to prevent injuries or physical developmental problems.

Preparing ourselves and our dog for exercise activities is important for safe and enjoyable results. Take time to ensure your dog is socialized to each of the situations you may encounter along the way. Minimize surprises so both of you are confident and enjoy the experience.

Biking Preparation Thoughts

Before you take your dog biking there are a few important concerns to address.

  1. Is your dog prepared physically? Have you built up to an exercise routine which would make the biking experience a healthy activity for your dog.
  2. Is your dog prepared socially? Have you practiced elements of the route together (obstacles, people, children, umbrellas for example). These are only a few of the encounters you may experience.
  3. Is the weather conducive to an enjoyable ride/run? Consider biking with you dog during moderate weather conditions (not when it is too hot or too cold). For example… In summer find the coolest time of the day and in winter plan to bike during the warmest. Avoid overheating or overcooling.

A few basics to take along for your dog: water, a treat, your clicker, a collar and leash, and other supplies you may need to comfort, redirect, or socialize your dog.

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

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Puppy Training

Puppy TrainingToday we are sharing the improved update of our Puppy Training Guide Listing

This is a list of the Puppy Training Guides we have published on Wisteria Goldens’ Blog. The Listing page will provide you with answers to the most commonly asked questions about how to transition your puppy from Wisteria Ranch to your Forever Home, Nutrition, Socialization, Playtime, Training, Travel, Memories (Journal), and Health Care.

Puppy Training Guides

The list also includes some of our most popular Blog posts about caring for your dog as well. You’ll find a variety of topics like these popular guides.

Bringing Home New Puppy Transition Tips (preparation and welcoming your puppy to their Forever Home).

Puppy Love Head to Toe (a massage guide).

Puppy Photos — Tips for Getting a Great Shot (taking great pictures for your puppy’s memory book and family album).

Let us know which guides are most helpful to you by providing a comment or joining the conversation on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear what information we can provide for you in helping to raise your puppy or keeping your dog healthy and happy.

Start exploring here on our Puppy Training Guide Listing.

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015