Friday, March 22, 2013

Signature Pet Services - Dog Moving Day Checklist





1. To keep your dog’s stress level down, contact your pet sitter or dog walker well in advance to see if they could take your dog for the day while you are packing up and/or for when the moving van is arriving.





2. Google the bylaw office of city you are moving to and get their information on licensing, hours, etc. You may be able to purchase your dog’s license with your credit card (most likely) and have it waiting for you at your new home. This will be one less thing to do at your new location.


3. Google pet sitters, dog walkers, veterinarians, and groomers. Contact them and ask if they are taking new clients, ask about services and references so that you have all your regular pet care services lined up.

4. Stock up on extra dog food, so that if you cannot locate your regular dog food you have enough to transition to a new similar food.

5. Keep enough of your dog’s regular things unpacked so he has things to comfort  himself with.

6. If you plan to fly your pet or fly with your pet – look into all your options well  before you plan to move.

7. If you are moving out of the country, contact that country’s local government  about rules for pet immigration so you don’t get caught with a surprising pet  quarantine.

8. Get your dog tattooed and microchipped.

9. Stay calm, as your dog will read your energy and stress and will take it on.

10. Once you get to your new location, if you can, take your dog for a walk before  you enter your new home. It should go without mentioning it but...make sure you check your new home's fencing before you let you dog into his or her new yard.







Lee, Madeline and Roman



Signature Pet Services is a by-appointment-only pet sitting company serving South Surrey and White Rock, British Columbia. We specialize in loving and safe home-style dog boarding in our own home. Signature Pet Services also provides dog, puppy and cat sitting services. I invite you to check out our website (link above) or if you live locally give us a call at 604-818-7841.



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Signature Dog Blog: Signature Pet Services Helps with your Puppy


Madeline at 12 weeks - just a wee puppy but already showing brilliance

Puppy Training Tips to Remember

1. Be in a good mood before you start working with your puppy. Don't come home from work after a frustrating commute and work with your puppy - de-stress first!

2. Keep your tone upbeat and encouraging at all times. If you become frustrated, call it a day, say the word "break" (see below) to end the training session. And, reward yourself for taking the time to train your puppy.

3. Always be patient and consistent.

4. Indoor training is easier as there are less distractions - so start there and head outdoors when you and your puppy are ready.

5. This is almost never mentioned but take care of puppy potty break issues before you start working with your puppy.
Remember not to overwhelm her - just do a few of these exercises to start with as she will become bored and you will become frustrated. When you are finished each training session make sure you say the word "break". As this word will signal the end of her training session. You can reward her with kisses, fun and and cuddles. Ultimately, you the owner of the puppy provide yourself as the best reward.

Teach Puppy to Come:

To teach your puppy to come all you need to get started is some of your puppy's kibble. Just hold a piece of it in front of her nose by lengthening your arm towards her. Then call her name. As puppy is coming towards you pull your hand to your chest and say come (with gusto). This method of teaching puppy to come is both verbal and physical and eventually you will just need to use the hand signal and she will come running (provided she can see you). Once she reaches you, give her the kibble as a reward. Repeat the process.

Teach Puppy to Sit:

To teach your puppy to sit have her in the standing position. Hold a piece of her kibble in front of her nose. Begin to move the kibble slowly over her head. Soon her nose will go towards the ceiling and her bottom will touch the floor. Just as she is sitting say the word "sit" and give her some kibble. If your puppy begins to jump for the kibble instead of sitting this is because you are holding the kibble too high. Some trainers say that you can just sweep your hand in an upward motion and puppy will sit. This is not always my experience so I would suggest just focusing on getting your puppy to sit with kibble for now. Once you and her have mastered the sit you can then begin adding the hand signal (if you want - but this is really not necessary). Be careful not to say "sit down" as this will confuse your puppy. Also, try to only use the "sit" command once otherwise you will train her to only comply with your sit command only when you use it multiple times.

Teach Puppy to Lie Down:

To teach your puppy to lie down it is best to have her in a sit position. By now you have the holding kibble technique down pat so all you need to do now is hold the kibble in front of puppy's nose and sweep your hand and kibble to the floor directly in front of her front paws. As soon as your puppy slides into the down position say the word "down" and give her the kibble. Be patient with your puppy during the training of the down as she may not get it the first couple of tries. But, once she has mastered this command she will begin to do it with only your sweeping hand signal. Again, try to only use the "down" command once otherwise you will train her to only comply with your down command only when you use it multiple times.

Teach Puppy to Stay AKA the Long Down or Sit Stay:

This is the very best obedience command you can teach your puppy, while she may not get it while she is still a young puppy - she will in the early years to come. With a little practice that is.   To teach your puppy to stay in the sit position for a longer period of time (known as the sit stay) you should begin with her in the sit position. As soon as your puppy is sitting, make eye contact, extend your hand 'in the stop position" and firmly say the word "stay" and back up a couple of steps to start with. Count to three and return to your puppy and calmly reward her with a treat. Repeat the command - soon backing up more steps and asking her to stay for longer periods, say up to 10 seconds. Eventually, once your puppy is a little older, you should be able to have her sit for up to three minutes.

This method also words for the Long Down. The only difference is that you begin with your puppy after you have asked her to lie down and she is in that position.

All of us with amazing dogs started somewhere and I can promise you that it was not always easy but put in the time in the very early stages and you will be rewarded over and over again!

Good luck with your training!

Lee, Madeline and Roman




Signature Pet Services is a by-appointment-only pet sitting company serving South Surrey and White Rock, British Columbia. We specialize in loving and safe home-style dog boarding in our own home. Signature Pet Services also provides dog, puppy and cat sitting services. I invite you to check out our website (link above) or if you live locally give us a call at 604-818-7841.