Hugs, kisses and cuddles seem to be part of almost every child’s bedtime routine. Parents, siblings, spouses, and family members often share exchanges of love and affection before heading off to bed. When we have special pets in our family, we desire to include them in these endearing moments, too. Yet, it’s important to take note that these age-old traditions, meant to fill everyone’s bucket before bedtime, are experienced very differently by our canine companions.
There was absolutely no doubt that we were going to add another Golden Retriever to our family sometime soon. Spring 2021 seemed like the optimal time and what we were planning for. My husband nor myself were wanting to spend the money on a pup from a breeder this time around but knew it would give us the optimal chance in finding the right match for our multi pet household with 3 school aged children. We’ve adopted dogs, as well as purchased from reputable breeders, numerous times over the past 20+ years. I’m also in continuous communication with rescues in case that perfect pup happens to pop up in their care. We knew exactly what we wanted and needed in our next fuzzy addition.
Just one month ago we added Captain Jack, an 8-month old Golden Retriever, to our Smartypaws family. He’s quite a handful and the first month together has been a time of great adjustment for our entire family. I’ll share more on that soon, but first I’d like to point out the 5 things we DID NOT do, and DO NOT recommend, for anyone adding a new dog to their home.
For the first time in two months, since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, I ventured into a grocery store to pick up some items to make meals for a sick friend’s family. Prior to that, during stay at home orders, my husband had been running the necessary errands while the kids and I pretty much stayed at home or walked the neighborhood. My hubby had been telling me each week how things were changing at the stores to prevent the rapid spread of the virus. The first two weeks were the sight of empty shelves, ditching the grocery list and just getting whatever food was available. The next weeks were the emergence of masks, barriers, limited occupancy, and one-way isles. He had told me about all of those changes, and I knew what to expect before I left the house. I had been processing those things almost daily as we discussed our family’s health and safety decisions or watched passer byers make noticeable efforts to avoid each other in the view from my front kitchen window.
Spaying and neutering can be a hot button topic. Do you spay/neuter? If so, when? It’s definitely a good conversation to have with your veterinarian. If you decide spaying is in the best interest of your pet, then here are some helpful tips from Rebecca Johnson CPDT-KA, doggie mama and Owner of The Family Dog Trainer located in Lubbock, Texas, on how to make your dog’s recovery as easy as possible.
Part II: Potty Training, Biting and Chewing
Have you tried everything to potty train your puppy and just can’t figure out why they haven’t caught on, yet? Are you frustrated that your house and family seem to be constant chew toys for your newest furry family member? Be sure you aren’t perpetuating these puppy problems by missing the important pieces highlighted below.
Part I: First Nights Home and Crate Training
Congratulations! You have added or are wanting to add a puppy to your family. Maybe it’s your first puppy, or maybe it’s not? Either way, chances are that at some point in the next 6 months, you’re going to experience some type of frustration.