This is Momo the dog. He leads a pretty amazing life. traveling, modeling, bro-ing out with his best friend. And all while looking so stylish in black and white. Who wouldn't want to be this dog? There are 500K Instagram followers for @andrewkapp and Momo. Did I mention Momo has a book out? Andrew is a professional and started a cool company called Up Fest at http://andrewknapp.com/ which is all musically inclined entrepreneurial awesomeness. Needless to say, his wanderlust combined with artistic suave and his lovely partner are a great visual journey. It's an Instagram account that makes you feel cool and included. What are the chances? A+.
Do we even need to introduce the above? This is one of the most famous dribbling rescues, Toast. Her Instagram is entitled @ToastMeetsWorld. She's always wearing a pleasant and happy expression and, let's be real, we all wish we had her hair. We may also, as dog owners, be a tiny bit envious of her packing abilities, transportation ease-wise. She just seems to magically park, presto, cute! We featured her bag here and since she's a rescue, she stands for a great cause; Adopt Don't Shop. Approximately 340K followers for this little lady.
We honestly had trouble choosing the pictures to feature for @ChloeKardoggian (72K followers). Never have most people seen a Chihuahua with so many facial expressions. She's a tortilla of spunky, silly, specialness. My Monday slump picker-upper, my extra smile for the bad hair day. She's pretty old and she's obviously still got a knack for sarcasm so she's easily a top pick. So much spunk. I just. can't.
Whats up #dogsquad. This is @BoogiethePug and his brother Marcelo. Did you know they have 2 OTHER BROTHERS?! A cat, evil, and a turtle! I'm just sprinkling the secret knowledge. It's featured in secret places throughout the Instagram account. One of the fastest growing BarkBox celebrity Instagrams, these guys cuddle like true pigs in blankets. And I can tell you from first-hand experience that Boogie snorts like a little piggle. In a cute way. They're both rescues and in case you haven't noticed yet that's a license to have your tongue hanging out like you think it's gonna get you bacon. Let's not even discuss Boogie's constant wear of concern and universal thoughtfulness. True #pugLIFE 4eva. 11K followers today.
This was one of the first Instagram accounts I ever followed. I got lucky! @Tunameltsmyheart is amazing, and freaking hilarious. Sometimes he looks like a Simpsons character, sometimes a cute little elementary school student, and sometimes a tired and slobbery grandpa. His cleft palate brings attention to common issues with show-dogs and as you can see it is actually awesome and rad! He's unbelievably sweet and adores being a ham for the camera. His costumes put Broadway to shame and he has portraits by more artists than the Mona Lisa has copies. One day we shall meet. Its a bucket list thing. 1.6MM followers. Just sayin'.
Should I crate my puppy?
A crate is a wire box appropriately sized for each pup or dog. It can help with housebreaking, calming down, and providing a nice place for them to play with their toys!
Crating a puppy is an individual choice for each family. If you think you want to crate train your puppy, examine the reasons. Will you be able to let your puppy out of the crate every few hours? If not, then an exercise pen with wee wee pads or appropriate elimination area is a better choice. If you can let your puppy out every few hours during work hours, etc., and can provide mental stimulation and adequate exercise, then crating might be for you!
Another consideration you may need to make is introducing the crate to your puppy correctly. Not all puppies are well-suited for crate time right away. The introduction needs to be slow, and fun!
Why does crate training work? Crates are similar to 'dens', an area in which animals like to sleep. Because of this, they are less likely to soil the area. If the area is large, though, the pup or dog may eliminate (bathroom) in a different area than they sleep in. So, the crate needs to be an appropriate size.
What is the right crate size for my puppy? The crate needs to be small enough that a puppy won't find a corner to bathroom in. So, buy a crate with a 'divider' to make the crate small enough. Not too small that the puppy can't lie down though! They need to be able to get up, turn around, and lie down.
Where should I put my puppy's crate? Place the crate in a common room during the day. At night, your puppy might benefit from being in the bedroom.
How do I introduce my puppy to the crate?
For safety, remove collar/tags when crated
Play crate games!
Crate games help your puppy make a good/pleasant association with the new crate. We don't want them to feel scared when inside of it! Dr. Patricia McConnell describes the crate game as follows: Toss treats for your dog into the crate. After your dog will willingly run into the crate to get the treats you've tossed inside, begin to shut the door, but only for a second or two, then open it again. As soon as your dog seems comfortable with this, shut the door a little longer as you feed more treats through the crate door, then release. If your dog is still comfortable, lure your dog into the crate as before with a treat toss, but also have a special surprise waiting in the crate—a Kong stuffed with some of your dogs favorite treats or a sterile beef bone (if he likes these). As soon as your dog gets busy with the Kong or bone, walk away for about 30 seconds. When you return, open the door and remove the Kong or bone. The strategy here is to teach your dog to welcome your temporary absence since your return means the end of munch time. Now gradually begin to increase the time you leave your dog crated with his Kong or bone.
Make sure it is comfortable
Add comfy items like your old T-shirt (that smells like you) or blanket and bed. Your pup should be able to stay in the crate while you sleep (anywhere between 5-8 hours for an 8.5 week old puppy), while you are in the same room doing something else, and while you are not at home. You can also leave toys and chew items inside as long as they cannot choke on the item.
Gradually lengthen the time your pup stays in the crate and gradually begin leaving the room for a few minutes at a time.
When your pup is not inside the crate, leave exciting items inside and shut the door-he can have it when he goes inside!
How to crate train my puppy with a clicker
Training your puppy with treats should take place when your puppy is a little hungry, but not starving. Start tossing treats or toys inside the crate. Or, slowly toss things closer and closer to the crate. Every time your dog runs to eat the treat, Click and toss another treat, each time bringing your dog closer and closer to the whole body being inside the crate. If your puppy gets scared, make treat tosses closer together. And, speedily tossing will work much better than giving breaks. When your puppy finally enters the crate, feed them there for as long as possible encouraging them to stay put. You don't need to click during this (we can call it speed feeding). As soon as your dog expects more treats and looks up at you, Click and treat for longer and longer gaps time. When your dog calmly waits for the click, slightly close but don't latch the door. Continue to Click and treat as the door slowly closes. If your dog can stay inside for around 10 seconds while waiting for a click then close the door. Take one step away, click, walk back and treat. Repeat this step but begin to vary the distance and time that you leave the crate. Don't click and treat if your dog is whining, just wait until they are quiet again.
How to housebreak my puppy with a crate
Make sure your puppy has enough walks, 3 meals a day (after confirming with your veterinarian or breeder), and water throughout each day. It is a good idea to crate your puppy before and after a walk for the first few walks, until the puppy understand to eliminate outside. After your dog gets the idea, always give them free time after they eliminate. This can be around 15-20 minutes for a puppy, and 45 minutes to an hour if older. Then crate them again until their next walk (unless they are napping).
What if my dog doesn't go the bathroom on a walk?
This means you have to put your dog back into the crate for about 15 minutes. Then try again until your dog eliminates. Carry your puppy to and from the crate until you get outside.
As your puppy gets better at going to the bathroom outside, lengthen the amount of free time they get in between crating.
How can a crate help with chewing?
Your crate may help stop your dog's chewing while you aren't around by letting them be in a safe area where they cannot be destructive. And, you can travel with it to help in other homes and hotels, and even cars.
How often should I crate my puppy?
The general rule for crating is (number of months old the puppy is) + 1. So, 2 months = 3 hours. 3 hours is the general maximum for a young puppy. No adult dog should be crated more than 5 hours at a time during the day. At night when you are sleeping they can be crated while they sleep. Don't use the crate punish your puppy, but you can use the crate to calm them if they are acting "overtired" and rambunctious and haven't napped in a few hours.
My dog has separation anxiety. Will crating work?
Some older dogs or dogs with separation anxiety do not respond well to confinement and it can make the problem worse. Don't force them if they seem to experience the same amount or more anxiety.
How do you get your puppy to stop chewing on your things, and start chewing on their own things?
This is one of the most frustrating aspects of being a new parent. Your puppy is not born knowing what to chew and what not to chew. They chew for the first 6 months (approximately!) because they are teething, and it is your responsibility to help them teethe responsibly!
A lot of people try to wait until their puppies 'grow out of it' - but this can be a bad plan, because if your puppy grows up enjoying your shoes, he might just make a habit out of it!
Here are some tips to make sure your puppy is chewing on their own things;
1) *Rotate, rotate, rotate* : Most people buy their dogs plenty of toys, but leave them all in a basket the puppy can get to whenever it wants. This is often boring for a puppy. So, only give your dog access to half its toys at one time. Then switch!
2) Make sure you're not accidentally playing 'chase' with your dog when its chewing on something its not supposed to! Tons of smart puppies learn quickly to get to play chase, all they have to do is grab something that doesn't belong to them !
3) You can use a taste deterrent, but make sure to try them first yourself! Spray the deterrent in the air, and see if makes your entire body taste badly. These sprays can be really noxious and not good for expecting parents, as well as dogs. Some puppies get sick from them.
4) Make sure your puppy has enough great and satisfying chew toys. It's important to distinguish between a chew toy and a regular toy. Get a Kong that you can stuff with peanut butter and freeze it. Anything frozen will soothe teething :)
5) Replace the inappropriate object that your puppy is chewing on and give them an appropriate one - make it more exciting than the other thing and play or interact with the good toy to make sure your puppy gravitates to the new toy in the future!
6) Never punish your puppy for chewing on inappropriate objects after the chewing has been done! Your puppy will not understand that the object is inappropriate - so instead he will be afraid of you!
7) If your puppy is 6 months or older and is still chewing on inappropriate items, you may have more serious issues like like separation anxiety and stress.
Apologies for the late posting! Webservice down, alas, here is a cute one to make up for it:
When Can You Hold Puppies? Puppies benefit largely from human touch but it needs to be done correctly so they don't have a bad experience.
1) Move slowly and reassuringly. . Do not approach if the mother is being protective.
2) Pet newborn puppies as soon as their mother cleans them and they are nursing. Your touch should be very gentle and you may run your fingers softly along their sides and back and slide your hand under their body, moving slowly and deliberately.
3) Lift a small puppy by sliding your hand under its tummy. If the puppy is large, use both hands and support the puppy’s head. Cradle a puppy’s legs close to its abdomen. Gently snuggle the puppy’s legs with both of your hands, making it feel safe.
4) Supervise small children around newborn puppies. In general, puppies shouldn’t be picked up, carried around or played with until their eyes are open and they can walk easily. This is around three weeks of age. Until then an adult may hold a puppy and allow a small child to pet it carefully.
5) Continue to monitor a child’s activities around a puppy even after three weeks of age.
6) Give newborn puppies lots of attention and human touch in order to increase their ability to interact later with their owners.
Meet one of our students Clark!
½ English Bulldog, ½ Frenchie.
On the 2nd lesson, Clark learned how to leave some food alone. Here’s how you teach it:
1) Put food in your hand and close your fingers so your puppy can’t actually get any of the food out of your hand. Put your hand where your pup can smell it and say ‘Leave It’ over and over again until your puppy gives up. When he does, immediately say, ‘Yes!’ and give him a treat from your other hand (NOT from your ‘Leave it’ hand – that’s important).
2) When your puppy is good at Step 1, put the food on the floor, and say ‘leave It’. If your puppy goes for the food, cover with your foot and say ‘Leave It!’
3) Practice until perfect ☺. You shouldn’t have to put your foot over the food after a few tries. 4) Hint: the food your put on the floor should be a big piece of something. That way if your puppy accidentally eats it, you can get it out of their mouth easily.
I'm going to be starting to chronicle of a few of our puppy projects. The first to come is Clark, a 1/2 English 1/2 French Bulldog! He's growing super fast, and learning some skills...like Leave It, which he learned in approximately 4 minutes. . .
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Stay tuned for a new puppy obedience class paired with a puppy swimming class!
An exciting new tribute to exercising and stimulating our puppies, Water4Dogs will be holding Puppy Swim classes and Dapper Dog Training will be holding Puppy Obedience classes in tide at 77 Worth street in Tribeca!
4 Months is about the right age...check out our first pup, who got the hang of it and can swim all by herself after this session!
Dogs are highly popular pets, which leads to some popular myths. Here are five common ones debunked:
Mutts Are Healthier than Purebreds: The short answer is that the healthiest dog is the one that’s well taken care of. While some breeds are prone to certain diseases, mixed-breed dogs are susceptible to every disease in their genetic history. Don’t buy dogs from *shady* breeders and take good care of your dog — that’s the best way to ensure canine health.
Cold, Wet, Nose = Good. Warm, Dry Nose = Bad:
A dog’s nose can change a lot through the day. While one minute it might be wet and cool from licking, it can be dry and/or warm without any negative impact on the dog’s health.
Garlic Is Good For Bacteria and Fleas:This advice might be helpful if your dog could be a vampire, otherwise in every other circumstance it should be avoided. Garlic (and onions) can be poisonous to dogs - and even cause anemia.
Licking Wounds Signals Healing:Licking wounds can actually be good AND bad. While some licking can help keep the wounds clean which can accelerate healing, too much licking can cause further damage, bacterial infection, and bad habits. For bad wounds, seek medical attention and redirect your dogs attention from licking it.
Feces-Eating Signals Poor Diet:Dogs eat feces (known as coprophagia) for a variety of reasons, from hunger to habit. Eating feces doesn’t necessarily signify anything about your dog’s health; if it is truly rampant, you might have to sacrifice your willingness to leave huge piles of feces all over your house and begin to clean up after your dog.