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  • The Many Uses of The Wizdog Indoor Potty & The Wizdog Premium Artificial Turf Mat

    From our premium artificial turf mats to our Wizdog Starter Kits, our customers are using these Wizdog products in more way than one. Here are some of the most common uses these great products.

    Senior dogs-Older dogs who can't make it to the backyard in time. Our potties can help ease the trouble of incontinence issues by giving them a comfortable area to us the bathroom indoors or next to there living area.

    Special needs-Dogs who have been injured or out of surgery. Our potties and mats can be used to assist recovery of injured dogs that have mobility problems.

    Bad weather conditions-Weather you live on the rockies or the big city taking the puppy outside to use the bathroom can be tricky in bad weather situations Too cold or too hot, rain or snow, having the Wizdog Indoor potty in case of emergencies gives you peace of mind.

    Potty Training- Using the Indoor Potty or our Premium Turf Mat can help aide potty training with new and old dogs.

    Apartments & Condos- Housebreaking puppies can now be done in apartments with no outside access.

    Long days at the office or day trips-We all know there are days you are stuck at the office longer than you want.  Feel more at ease knowing your dog has a safe place to go when needed.

    Environmental allergies-Dogs with sensitivities can have problems using the bathroom outside  on grass or dirt.  Our Wizdog Turf can help alleviate some of those irritations caused by grass or pollen.

    Training questions? Contact us today and talk to a certified dog trainer.

    Find all these great products and many more on our website.

     

    For questions about Wizdog products or media inquiries, please contact support@wizdog.com Thank you for choosing Wizdog make sure you like us on Facebook, and Instagram for product updates, specials, and giveaways.

     

  • Introducing A New Dog Into your Home

    Bringing home a new dog is an exciting time but introducing a dog into your home can be fumbled if not well thought out. From puppies to rescues I will go over a plan for success to make sure introducing a new dog into your home goes as smooth as possible.

    Supplies

    Before you get a dog you need to make sure you have the all necessary supplies that your new friend will need. Supplies include: a leash, collar, food and water bowls, age appropriate toys, a dog door or fence, training treats, and ID tags.

    Also, a main supply to highlight is your pups food option. This is getting a little extra attention because picking a healthy food is key to a happy and healthy dog that will live a long and prosperous life. The best advice I can give is to read the ingredient list. I always reference Dogfoodadvisor.com for extra help. You can also read an previous blog I have posted titled "Best dog food reviews and ratings 2017" You dont have to do much research to find a healthy food.

    Wizdog offers Starter Kits which include (1) Wizdog Indoor Potty, (1) 16oz bottle of Wizoff, (1) 50pk of Wizpads, and the Wizdog Training digest eBook.

    Puppy Proofing

    Puppy proofing is setting up your dog's environment in a way that will help keep them safe and out of trouble. This is done by removing anything valuable from ground level or barricading it out of the reach out of the dog. This includes wires to electronics, keep sake items, poisons or cleaning products, and food. Remember, a dog investigates with its mouth, so you cant fault the dog for chewing on your favorite headphones that you left on your bedroom floor (I know from personal experience). You also need to take into account the size of the dog. Items on the coffee table might be out of harms way for a pug but for a german shepherd, thats easy pickings.

    The First Day

    You've finally made it to this moment- Bringing your new dog home! A common mistake with new dog ownership is allowing the dog to roam completely free in its new home. While you dont need to confine him or her to a jail cell, there is a better way and I'm here to walk you through it.

    Entering the home- While leashed, ask the dog to calmly sit before entering the threshold of the home. Puppies will probably not know the command of sit so you wont need to worry about the first step. Just make sure the puppy is calm before entering. Once inside, walk the leashed dog around the areas of the house, making sure they stay calm, closing off rooms that you dont want the dog in. This process shows the dog that there are boundaries. Once you have escorted your new dog around the home and they are calm you can let them off the leash while you closely monitor them. Let them explore by guiding them through their new living area.

    A new dog should never have complete freedom to roam the house. You will want to restrict them to a side or portion of the house with access to fresh water. Giving a dog freedom to roam gives them too many opportunities to get into trouble. It may also give them the sense of kingdomship. I use this term to describe a behavior where a dog believes they are "king" of his territory and he must protect it from anyone, or thing that threatens it. This can become a major problem, so I always suggest limiting a dogs ability to roam without supervision. They must gain access to freedom around the house with good behavior.

    A dog should always have a safe place, weather its a kennel, pad, or bed(the Wizdog Flower Bed is a great option) This is a stress free area where a dog can rest and feel comfortably safe. For more anxious dogs I recommend keeping the area in a consistent area.  Dogs are naturally den animals so pick a spot with secure walls like a corner or next to the couch. Let the dog be while in there safe place do not try to play with them and allow them to relax. You will want to promote calm behavior while in their safe place this will help with training the place command in the future.  It's important that you try not to not wake up or startle a sleeping dog.  If a dog is constantly woken up from at state of rest they can start to get a sense that they can never completely relax which can effect the of the dog.

    The Weeks To Come

    Your new housemate will make a mess, and my advice to you is dont worry, just clean it up. Specially if you plan on leaving them at home while you're at work. Instead set them up for success with an Indoor potty, like the Wizdog Indoor dog potty. This gives them the opportunity to use a "bathroom" instead of your carpet or flooring. DO NOT rub their noses in whatever mess they make, you are only making things worse.

     

    Toys to keep them occupied.  If you dont want your dog to get bored and get in trouble make sure they have plenty of toys to keep them busy. I call these interactive toys "boredom busters" and they do a great job keeping your dog's mind stimulated and out of trouble. You can see some of these toys in the blog I posted last month.

    Overview

    Bringing home a new dog is a big deal. No matter how many animals you had in the past, or own at the moment, when introducing a new dog you should have a plan. Puppy proof the living area, guide them through the home, give them a safe place to rest, provide a place to eliminate either access to outside or an indoor dog potty, and supply proper toys.

    For questions about Wizdog products or media inquiries for testing the new Flower Dog bed, please contact support@wizdog.com Thank you for choosing Wizdog make sure you like us on Facebook, and Instagram for product updates, specials, and giveaways.

  • Holiday Guide

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    The holidays are a busy time for all of us, and sometimes our dogs don't get the attention they need.  Here are some tips and tricks to keep your dog included and well-behaved during the holidays.

    Your dog is part of the family, and whether you are entertaining guests or enjoying the holidays at a loved one's house, your dog needs to be on its best behavior.

    As a trainer, one of the most common questions I get is, “how do I stop my dog from jumping on my guests?” Correcting this behavior starts with you. You can't allow the dog to jump on you and expect it NOT to jump on everyone else.  You encourage the jumping behavior, so by not allowing him to jump on you and telling your guests to only pet him when his paws are on the floor, you are deterring the bad jumping behavior and rewarding him for the good behavior.  This behavior is never corrected immediately so be patient and stay consistent!

    We all know the holidays mean a abundance of delicious food dishes, but what about our dogs? What delicious do they get around the holidays? Here are some holiday foods that are safe for dogs.

    1. Sweet potatoes
    2. Fresh green beans
    3. Corn
    4. Pumpkin(NO SEEDS)
    5. Fully cooked deboned skinless turkey meat

    These foods are commonly found in their existing diet and are safe to feed your dog, IN MODERATION, and with plenty of water.  There is also an abundance of homemade dog treat recipes you could find online that use holiday leftovers.

    **A tip from a trainer**
    If you plan to give your dog any of the above foods make sure to make them work for it. Even during the holidays there are no free lunches! This means a dog should be on its best behavior when given holiday treats and foods.  Do not give an overly obnoxious dog a piece of turkey if he is jumping on family members.  This behavior should not be rewarded with food. Instead, ask him to sit or lay down and stay on his mat while everybody eats, then give him a piece after dinner.  This ensures two things- one, he is not begging at the feet of your guests snooping for scraps that might fall.  Two, it reinforces his down/stay by giving him a reward while he stays on his mat.

    The holidays can also present many dangers to your dog. Knowing these dangers can help you
    sail through the holiday season without a trip to the vet.

    1. We all know Chocolate can be harmful for pets, but there is also an artificial sweetener called xylitol, which is used in sugar-free baked goods, that can be deadly to your pets.
    2. Yeast dough is another harmful holiday food that can lead to painful gas, and dangerous bloat.
    3. Turkey bones pose a choking hazard so make sure you secure turkey bones in the trash away from easy access by you dog.

    Some holiday plants can also be a danger to your dog. Here are some plants to keep an eye on:
    1. Mistletoe, and Holly.
    2. Christmas trees.
    3. Lilies and Daffodils.
    You can find the full list of toxic plants here.

    Quick action is vital to the safety of your dog. If you believe they might be poisoned or have gotten into something poisonous contact you Vet immediately.

    **Side note- I have had a wonderful experience in a very trying time with the ASPCA poison control when my own dog ingested a potentially poisonous substance.  They were very helpful, and calmly guided me through the necessary steps. They have a 24 hour 365 day hotline you can call (888) 426-4435**

    For questions about Wizdog products or media inquiries for testing the new Flower Dog bed, please contact support@wizdog.com Thank you for choosing Wizdog make sure you like us on Facebook, and Instagram for product updates, specials, and giveaways.

  • Surviving Halloween

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    Halloween can be a stressful experience for your four legged friends and it's up to you to keep them safe from the monsters. Whether you plan on staying in to greet trick-or-treaters, or join them on their mischievous quest for a sugar rush, brushing up on some good manners and safeguarding your pet will help you navigate a spook-filled night.

    Dog training is a lifelong process so it's a good idea to refresh your dog on commands that will prepare them for the upcoming holiday season. Halloween, for example, comes with 3 major training situations.

    1. Doorbells- Most dogs are reactive to the doorbell. Whether it's out of excitement, fear, or aggression, almost every house pet reacts to the sound of a doorbell.  Working on calm behaviors like sit or lay down while ringing a doorbell can help reduce the reactiveness of your dog.  This method desensitizes them to the doorbell sounds. So when they hear it, they will stay calm in their sit or down position, since they'll understand that's the most rewarding behavior.

    2. Leave it-  As a trainer I stress the importance of a strong leave it.  This command can save a dog's life. With a plethora of halloween treats that may fall on the floor, there is potential for  disaster.  By teaching leave it you can have faith that your dog won't pick up everything that hits the floor. Also, reminding kids that treats are for humans, not for dogs, will ensure your dog doesn't eat anything they are not suppose to.

    3. Boundary control-With the door opening every 5 mins there becomes a huge opportunity for your dog to bolt out the door. Safeguarding the area around your dog can help you both enjoy the halloween festivities. Placing your dog in a kennel or crate with a comfy Wizdog flower bed and their favorite chew toy can help them relax while you pass out candy.  If you want to show off their halloween costume make sure you leash and secure them to your person or a strong post. Always remember to check up on them and make sure they have extra water available.

    Don’t wait to start training, get a head start, work as a team and get the whole family involved. Halloween can be a frightful time for your animal, but with the right training and patience, you and your pooch will put all fears to rest.

     

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