Thursday, December 31, 2009

Liver Treats

Try this recipe for a New Year's treat for your beloved furry friend(s):

1 pound beef liver
All you need are beef livers. Try your local meat packers; they often throw them away. Or you can buy fresh liver from the supermarket.

Cut the liver into approximately 1 inch slices.
Place in your food dehydrator for 24 hours*. Use Pam or the equivalent on the drying racks, so the liver won't stick. Let dry for 24 hours.

*OR place them on a cookie sheet and bake in a 325 degree oven for about 45 minutes to help dry them out.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cute-dog winner a champion for homeless animals

"Cutest" pooch $1 million prize will go to shelters in the Denver area. Heart warming story on how a pint-sized Chihuahua won an on-line cutest dog competition and the prize money will help the shelters to fund programs in cruelty investigations, foster care and classes, as well as assist "special case" animals who require surgeries or treatment.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dogs Should Not Eat These Foods

Some of these people foods could be deadly to your dog:

- Grapes and raisins: They can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill a dog.

- Chocolate: Can cause seizures, coma and death. Baker's chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated, but it is still dangerous.

- Onions: Destroy red blood cells and can cause anemia.

- Coffee, coffee grounds, tea and tea bags: Drink/foods containing caffeine cause many of the same symptoms chocolate causes.

- Bones: Cooked bones can splinter and damage a dog's internal organs. Raw bone should always be supervised as a piece can always break off and cause problems. Try frozen oxtails or frozen knuckle bones then take the bone away before the dog can swallow the last small piece whole. It's also a good natural way to clean teeth.

- Tomatoes: Can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias. Tomato plants are the most toxic, but tomatoes themselves are also unsafe.

- Avocados: The fruit, pit and plant are all toxic. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart.

- Nutmeg: Can cause tremors, seizures and death.

- Apples, cherries, peaches pits: and similar fruit are great for your dog - HOWEVER, the seeds of these fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans. Unlike humans, dogs do not know to stop eating at the core/pit and easily ingest them. It can also become lodged in the intestines and kill the dog in 24 hours with no warning.

Raw eggs: Can cause salmonella poisoning in dogs. Dogs have a shorter digestive tract than humans and are not as likely to suffer from food poisoning, but it is still possible. BEST to use ORGANIC EGGS if you do raw. Scrambled lightly is best.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bread Machine Dog Biscuits

Bread Machine Dog Biscuits
3/4 cup Beef stock -- *see Note
1 egg
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup Bulgur -- *see Note
1/3 cup Bran
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
Place ingredients in bread pan according to manufacturers directions and press "Dough" cycle.
When machine beeps, remove dough to lightly floured countertop and with a rolling pin, roll dough out to 1/4" thickness.
Using a dog bone cookie cutter (or any small seasonal cookie cutters), cut out dog biscuits and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or one sprinkled with cornmeal. Re-roll scraps and repeat till all dough is used up. Place in a warm location and let rise 30 minutes.
Bake at 325 for 30 minutes until brown and no longer soft. Place on a rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
* Chicken, Vegetable Or use hot water and 2 or 3 -bouillon cubes.
**If you don't have bulgur try substituting something like a 7-grain cereal

Reading Program

Do you know students that are shy or have learning disabilities about reading books. The American Humane Association has a program where kids can read aloud to dogs. Check out the American Humane Animal-Assisted Therapy program @

Great Reading Material

When it comes to your dog(s) can you speak their language. Read this great book "How to Speak Dog" by Stanley Coren. This book is generally considered the Bible of dog language books and in it he makes the case for dogs having their own language. Dogs use their body and other behaviors to communicate. For instance, leaning on another dog is one of the behaviors of dominance. This would make a great Christmas gift for any dog owner.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fun facts about cats

* Cats are members of the Felidea family.
* A litter of kittens is called a kindle, and a group of cats is called a clowder.
* Cats are the only animals that purr. They can purr at around 26 cycles per second, which is the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.
* Purring doesn't necessarily mean a cat is happy. Sometimes cats will purr when they are scared or hurt.
* A cat's nose pad is as unique as a human fingerprint. No two nose prints are identical.
* Petting or stroking a cat has actually been proven to help in lowering one's blood pressure.
* One way a cat shows they trust you is by rolling over on his/her back.
* A cat's hearing is much stronger and more sensitive than a dog's or a human's. Our hearing stops at 20 khz; a cat's at 65 khz.
* Cats have 32 muscles in each ear and can turn their ear very quickly to catch noise. Much faster than a very alert watchdog.
* A cat's sense of smell if about 14 times stronger than ours.
* Cats have five toes on their front paws and four on their back paws. If a cat is polydactyl, they have extra toes.
* Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs have only 10.
* Normal body temperature for a cat is between 100.5 F and 102.5 F.
* Cats drink liquid from the underside of their tongue, not from the top.
* Cats use their whiskers to determine if the space they are entering if big enough for them.

Halloween Dog Costumes

Lots of fun ideas for your dog this Fall:

Friday, October 9, 2009

Apple Crunch Pupcakes

Weather is turning cooler, leaves turning beautiful colors, so it must be the Fall season. Here is a nutritious recipe for your furry friends using applesauce and dried apples:

Apple Crunch Pupcakes

2 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 medium egg
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup apple, dried
1 tablespoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together water,
applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla. In a large bowl, combine flour,
apple chips, and baking powder. Add liquid ingredients to dry
ingredients and mix until very well blended. Pour into greased muffin
pans, Bake 1 1/4 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the center
comes out dry. Store in a sealed container.
Makes 12 to 14 pupcakes

Black & Tan Coonhounds

Black & Tan Coonhounds were originally registered in the American Kennel Club as Black & Tan Coon and Foxhounds.. to read more about this interesting breed and their amazing ability to track both animals and humans click here: Black and Tan Coonhounds.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pet Party Mix

Here's a fun recipe to celebrate National Dog Day . Have a doggie party and enjoy:

Pet Party Mix
2 cups Cheerios®
2 cups Chex mix
2 teaspoons gravy, dry mix, brown
1/2 cup Bacos®
2 cups Shredded Wheat® -- spoon size
1/2 cup melted butter -- or margarine
1/2 cup American Cheese -- grated
1 pieces Beef Jerky -- dog treats (pupperoni, Jerky Treats, etc.)
1. Preheat oven to 275 .
2. Pour melted butter/margarine into a 33x23 cm baking pan. Stir in
cheese,bacon bits, and gravy mix. Add cereal and stir until all pieces
are coated.
3. Heat until crisp, approx. 45 min.
4. Let cool and store in tightly sealed container.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Gingham Dog and Cat Biscuits

Here's another great recipe for your dog or cat:

Gingham Dog and Cat Biscuits
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/4 cup bran flakes
1/4 cup soy flour
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons oil -- or fat
1 tablespoon kelp -- or salt
1 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon bone meal
1/3 cup milk -- or water

Mix all ingredients together. Knead and shape into crescents, rounds
or sticks for dogs. For cats, roll out and cut into narrow strips or
ribbons. Bake 25-30 minutes in a moderate oven (350 degrees) until
lightly toasted. Watch the narrow strips as they tend to get done
sooner than the others. If the biscuits are not hard enough, leave
them in the oven with the heat turned off for an hour or as long as

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Trained dogs sniff out bed bugs in Colorado

I've heard of dogs sniffing out drugs, but never bed bugs...One job I've never thought of having...Dogs sniffing out bed bugs

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Yogurt Pups

Try this easy recipe for a cool treat for your dog on these hot summer days:

Yogurt Pups
16 ounces plain nonfat yogurt
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
Dissolve bouillon in water, Combine water and yogurt in blender and
blend thoroughly, Pour into small containers for freezing, cover and

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cool Vest® for your dog on hot summer days

Product review on Cool Vest® for your dog. Great solution for those hot summer days and wanting to keep your pet cool when on walks, etc...Cool Vest®

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dog Treat Recipe-Apple a Day

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 apple -- chopped or grated
1 egg -- beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
3/8 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil
spray. Lightly dust work surface with flour. Blend flours and cornmeal
in large mixing bowl. Add apple, egg, oil, brown sugar and water; mix
until well blended.
On floured surface, roll dough out to 7/8-inch thickness. Cut with
cookie cutters of desired shape and size. Place treats on prepared
Bake in preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes. Turn off oven. Leave door
closed 1 hour to crisp treats. Remove treats from oven.
Store baked treats in airtight container or plastic bag and place in
refrigerator or freezer.
MAKES 2 to 2 1/2 dozen

Which breed came first?

Which breed of dog came first...Saluki fanciers claim their Middle Eastern breed is oldest; Norwegian Elkhound fans claim that title for their Nordic breed. Who Came First?

Safety Net for folks in NYC

Read about a group that fosters pets for those folks who are losing their home due to tough financial times...Safety Net

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Stella and Scout

Stella the Brussels Griffon came in heat. That meant she couldn’t hang out with her great friend, Scout the Whippet, for awhile..laughed when I read the story..Stella and Scout

Essayist - Brian Doyle

"There are no small things, only moments crammed with story and song and revelation and epiphany, if only we could see - we are swimming in a sea of the most particular and amazing miracles. We search for them and embrace them with our senses and our stories, our music and our joys, our visions and our intellect". - Brian Doyle, Oregon

Australian legislature considers microchipping all pets & holding owners responsible

Australian legislators are considering a bill to make it compulsory to microchip all cats and dogs before 12 weeks of age....Microchip Bill

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

No-Kill Animal Shelters

Here's a list of no-kill animal shelters sorted by state. If you know of one in your area and it is not listed, you can email them. No-Kill Animal Shelters

Monday, June 8, 2009

Interesting Facts about Dogs and Their Owners

Are you a facts and figures kinda person...did you know...39% of pet owners say they have more photos of their pet than of their spouse or significant other. (American Animal Hospital Association)..or Dog owners spent an average of $785 on vet bills last year. (Smart Money Magazine) Read more interesting stats...Doggie Stats

June 26 - Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Hate going to work and leave your dog at home? How about bringing
your dog to work on June all about it.. National Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Lincoln the Brussels Griffons

In the dog show world, there is one magazine, Top Notch Toys, which is devoted to covering the show careers of dogs in the Toy Group. Read about Lincoln, a special Brussels Griffons. Lincoln

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Southwest Airline's Pet Policy

Southwest Airline's new pets-in-the-cabin policy has brought howls of protest from people concerned about allergies, onboard barking and smelly conditions...Dogs sitting next to you

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Extreme Herding by Border Collies

Great video on border collies doing what they do best....Extreme Herding

Doggie Facts....Did You Know..

- World's heaviest as well as longest dog ever recorded was an Old English Mastiff named Zorba. In 1989, Zorba weightd 343 lbs and was 8'3" long from nose to tail!

- World's tallest dog on record was named Shamgret Danzas. He was 42" tall (at the shoulder) and weighed 238 lbs.

- World's smallest dog was a tiny Yorkie from Blackburn, England. At two years old and fully grown, this little dude was 2.5 inches tall by 3.75 inches long! He weighed only 4 ounces and was approximately the size of a matchbox.

- Worlds oldest dog that has been reliably documented was an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey. He passed away at the age of 29 years and 5 months.

- Worlds Best Drug Sniffing Dog...A U.S. Customs Labrador names "Snag" has made 118 drug seizures worth a canine record $810 million. The greatest number of drug seizures by dogs is 969 in 1988...all in one year. The team of "Rocky" and "Barco" patrolled the Texas and Mexico border, alias "Cocaine Alley". They were so good that Mexican drug lords put a price of $30,000 on their heads.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Dog, Boat and Killer Whale Video

Video with dog on a boat 'talking' to killer whale..
Dog n Whale

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fido's Favorite Treats

Here's another great recipe for your furry friends:

Fido's Favorite Treats
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1/2 cup hot water
3/4 cup powdered milk
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 egg -- beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour
Combine oatmeal, butter, and bouillon granules in a large bowl. Pour
hot water over this and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in powdered milk,
cornmeal, and egg. Add flour 1/2 c. at a time, mixing well after each
addition. Knead for 3-4 minutes, adding more flour if needed to make
a very stiff dough. Pat or roll out dough to 1/2" thickness, then cut
into bone shaped pieces. Place in a greased baking sheet.
Bake at 325* for 50 minutes. Allow to cool and dry out till hard.

Dock Dogs Schedule

Check out Dock Dog events in your area. The 4th Annual Chicagoland Dock Dogs Summer Splash will hold their event at the Carlson Ice Arena July 2-5. They will have a 'fun' jump on Thu July 2, from 3:00-7:00. I went last year with Oreo and she loved it. Dock Dogs Schedule

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Xylitol kills dogs! Watch for it in people food....

Xylitol is a low-calorie sugar substitute that’s helped diabetics and weight loss seekers get their sugar fix––in spite of dietary restrictions. As a pet owner, we need to read our food labels and not leave any consumer products on the counter that contains Xylitol or toss in garbage where an animal might be tempted to get to it...Warning about Xylitol in your food

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Valor Dogs of the Year

One grand prize winner and four runners-up for dogs who showed extraordinary courage or resolve by heroically helping a person in need...Valor Dogs

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Book Review...Dog On It

New book about Chet, a K-9 school dropout and his buddy, a private detective named Bernie who is hired to find a missing 15-year old girl.
Dog On It

Veterinary donates time to give service dogs a checkup

Even a seeing eye dog needs to have an eye exam....
Service Dog Eye Exam

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dogs finding dogs

Great organization to help find lost dogs....
Finding lost dogs

105 Twitter Tools

Here are tips to get the most out of Twitter....105 Twitter Tools

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Recycled water bottle leashes and rubber collars

Go green...recycled water bottles made into leashes and collars...Water bottles have new purpose

Darlene's Favorite Dog Cookie Recipe

2 cups rye flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup warm water
1/2 cup white flour
1/4 cup cornmeal

Mix well. You can also add about 1/4 tsp. either vanilla or mint flavor.
Roll out to 1/4" thick. Cut into shapes using a 3-4" bone-shape cutter.
Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Hip Dysplasia: Myths and Facts

Find out the truth about Hip Dysplasia...Do only large breed dogs show symptoms?...Hip Dysplasia: Myths and Facts

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Take Your Dog to Work Day Jun 26

Hate going to work and leave your dog at home? How about bringing
your dog to work on June all about it.. National Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dog DNA Kit Now Available at Petsmart

Have you rescued a dog and wondered exactly what breed of dog you have? I adopted my Oreo who the vet says is a black lab/border collie mix, but sometimes I wonder what she really is. This might be the answer: DNA Kit for Dogs

Bags on Board...Poo Picker Upper Bags

Here's a great solution for those times when walking your dog and you need a 'pooper scooper' bag. Go Green...these are biodegradable bags and can be attached to your dog's leash.... Bags on Board

What To Do if You See a Dog Parked in Hot Car

Summer is just around the corner and, unfortunately, folks will leave their pet inside of a hot car (I'll just run in the store, won't be a minute)...Here's information on what you can do if you see a pet inside a car on a hot day: Pets In Hot Car

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dog Jigsaw Puzzles

Do you love jigsaw puzzles? Here's a great site that features dog puzzles. Great to do with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc. Have fun...Jigsaw Puzzles. This site also has a lot of other categories to choose from.

Designer Dog Houses

My dog Oreo prefers the queen size bed in quest bedroom...Designer Dog Houses

Dog Jokes

Q: What do you call a female dog that leads a gang of neutered puppies?
A: Queen of spayeds.

Q: What do you call a contrary German Shepherd?
A: A K-nein.

Q: What do you call a dog owned by Count Dracula?
A: A bloodhound.

Q: What does a Chow Chow say when you turn it inside-out?
A: "Ouch, ouch!

Q: What do you call a dog with a cold?
A: Germy Shepherd.

Q: What do you call a dog with no legs?
A:It doesn't matter because he won't come anyway.

from @CathyBend/Twitter

Ambulances for Pets

Does your city have an ambulance just for pets? What a great idea...Ambulances for pets

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Dog found 825 miles from home

Heart warming story about a dog lost for ten months and found 825 miles away. If your pet does not have a microchip, this story might change your mind: Dog found 825 miles from home

Top Things to Donate to Animal Shelters

Ever wonder what to do with old blankets, towels or even placemats....check this out:
Things to Donate to Animal Shelters

Thursday, May 7, 2009

How to Celebrate Cinco DOG Mayo

Here's a great article on how you and your dog can party for Cinco DOG Mayo:
Celebrate Cinco DOG Mayo

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Calm silence means I want more!

Jetta and her kibble ball, a treat-dispensing toy called Tricky Treats...
Check out voluntary default behavior.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Birthday Cake for Pups

Here's a great recipe for a birthday cake (or any special occasion) for your favorite buddy and all of his or her four legged friends:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup corn oil
1 jar baby food, meat, beef, strained
4 eggs
2 strips beef jerky -- (2 to 3)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour an 8x5x3 inch loaf pan.
Cream butter until smooth. Add corn oil, baby food, and eggs. Mix
until smooth. Mix dry ingredients into beef mixture until batter is
smooth. Crumble beef jerky and fold into batter. Pour batter into loaf
pan. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. cool on wire rack 15 minutes. Ice
with plain yogurt or cottage cheese. Store uneaten cake in
refrigerator. (If there is any!)

Send me a picture of your party and I will post it here.

How To Use Twitter

Perhaps you’re wondering what is all this buzz about twitter? Web pro news has a great article that provides great answers to the inevitable question, what is twitter for?...and how can I use twitter. To read full article, click here: How To Use Twitter

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Help for Thunder-Phobic Dogs

Veterinarians Show Consoling Dogs Does Not Relieve Their Panic.
For information on thunderstorms and your dog, click here: Storms and Your Dog

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Doggie Laughs

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Twitter and #FollowFriday - What’s It All About, Alfie?

from: Connect Social Media...Jim Quillen

I get lots of questions each week from folks who are new to Twitter about the phenomenon called “Follow Friday,” so here’s a quick overview.

Follow Friday has become one of the weeks most popular Twitter “events” - and it’s an easy way to start getting involved on Twitter and building your Twitter network. It’s essentially a recommendation service - you are recommending other Twitter users that you like by making a tweet that includes both their user name (with the @ in front) and the hashtag #followfriday. More about hastags here.

It’s also a great way to find new people to follow - just follow the users your friends are recommending. How do you know who to recommend? Everybody does it a little differently. I recently posed that question for my #twitterguy hastag - you can see the responses I received here. Here’s the RSS feed for all #twitterguy questions.

A new site called Top Follow Friday popped up recently and is a good way to track the most endorsed Twitter users each week for #followfriday. You can also click through and see a top users endorsement list - worth a glance.

So give it a try - just make a tweet and add your favorites and be sure to add the hashtag #followfriday, and before long you’ll be tweeting like a pro!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

How to handle your jealous dog when the new baby comes home

If you've had a puppy for sometime now, then you probably realize just how much he loves being the center of attention. Unfortunately, when a family suddenly gives birth to a new baby, this may create a problem of jealousy with your puppy. Your dog may display bad behavior such as barking, pawing, as well as destructive tendencies towards household belongings.

To help prepare for this scenario, the following steps will help you avoid potential problems when faced with a jealous puppy and a newborn baby:

1. When you bring home a new baby, you need to have the dog used to having the baby around, so that he does not mistake it for a toy. You can start preparing ahead of time before your baby is born by going through your daily routine with a toy doll. Take time each day to pretend to change the doll's diaper as if it were a real baby so that you can practice teaching your dog commands in front of the “baby” such as sit and stay. Also, place the doll lying down as if you were going to give it a nap each day (like you will have your baby do) and allow your dog to be in the same room, but make sure he obeys you and stays away.

2. Get your puppy used to being around toddlers and children by taking him to a playground or other public area that has children visiting often. Be sure to keep him on a leash, but allow enough room to walk around, at least 6 feet. Kindly let the other children pet your dog slowly so that he can understand that the kids are friendly. This will help to reduce any tension or aggression your puppy might feel when you bring home the baby.

3. If you are making an attempt to socialize your puppy with small children as suggested in step two above, but he is showing aggression, then you should contact a professional who specializes in dog behavior. Some dogs may need a some specialized dog training techniques to relieve this tension that is caused by young toddlers and children.

4. Several weeks before the baby is due, prepare the baby's room with all of the baby furniture and accessories that will remain in the house, especially the baby's crib. Allow your puppy to be in and out of the room under your supervision and be sure that he sniffs all of the items that you are bringing into the house for the baby. Watch him closely as he sniffs at the crib. Should the puppy try to paw at the crib then be sure to say "NO!" and teach them to back away and respect your command.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lilly and the Kittens

Check out this great story about Lilly, a lab mix, and the kittens
at a animal shelter in Iowa.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Baby Food Doggie Cookies

Baby Food Doggie Cookies
3 jars baby food, meat, beef, strained -- *see Note
1/4 cup cream of wheat -- *see Note
1/4 cup dry milk
Combine ingredients in bowl and mix well. Roll into small balls and
place on well-greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in
preheated 350 degree oven for 15 min. until brown.
Cool on wire racks and STORE IN REFRIGERATOR. Also freezes well.

NOTE: Carrot, Chicken or Beef baby food. Or you can substitute wheat germ for
cream of wheat.

7 tips for the perfect Twitter profile -

The decision to follow your Twitter account is made quickly. Make sure your page has what it takes to attract and keep an audience.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dogs & Babies-Learn How to Help Your Puppy Adjust to Your New Baby

Bringing a new baby into the household that already has a puppy living in it can prove to be a little difficult at times. You need to understand that a puppy who has been in the house for a while views the home as his territory and when you bring home a small child then this toy-like new person can feel like a threat. There is no best way to prepare for this scenario, however we do have a few suggestions to help your puppy adjust to the new arrival of your baby:

1. Once your new baby comes home, the puppy is going to experience times when he will be ignored. It is just unstoppable and he must get used to it. Your baby will need your full and undivided attention and sometimes your dog may not be able to participate.

In order to start helping your puppy adjust to these times, start by ignoring him at least one full hour every day. This exercise should be practiced a few weeks before the due date of your baby. Be sure that you are in the house doing something simple such as watching TV or folding your clothes, etc.

2. Keep in mind that you're going to have a lot of baby items laying around the house, especially toys. While you can do your best to keep your home clear of these toys, there are times when your dog may make an attempt to grab them. Therefore, you must try to discourage your puppy from eating the toys.

You can do this by having a few baby toys laying on the floor next to his play items. When he goes and reaches for the baby toys, give him the "no" command and then shift his attention to one of his own toys. One way to make your dog remember the difference in the toys is to mark all the baby's toys with mouthwash. Soon he will associate the "no" command with the smell and taste of mouthwash and ignore the toys altogether. Needless to say, dogs hate the smell and taste of mouthwash products.

3. You are going to have to allow your puppy to sniff and get used to the baby. However, keep in mind that babies love to tug and pull at everything they see. This may startle your puppy when the baby goes to tug at him. So in order to get your puppy used to this behavior, start by tugging and pulling at your puppy whenever you praise him. For example, give his ears a quick tug when you pet him. Grab at his coat when you go to praise him. And for extra training, perhaps make some baby sounds as you go along. Remember, your goal is to have your puppy desensitized to the new sounds and actions that your baby will display when he or she arrives at the home.

Check back for next blog post: How to Handle Your Jealous Puppy When the New Baby Arrives