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Trusted Saskatoon Pet Sitters and Trainers at Furbaby Pet Care Explain How They Can Help You With Back to School

Furbaby Pet Care in Saskatoon, SK, is dedicated to giving you peace of mind with the highest level of care for your pets. Their knowledgeable, experienced and professional staff will meet with your family to ensure your pet care needs are understood and every detail is covered! They have the expertise and experience that you need. Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists and in their latest Saskatoon pet care tip they share how they can help with back to school. 


Back to school time! For the kids AND your Furbabies!

As the days start to get shorter and that hot weather begins to back off, it’s time to start grasping some realities which are very real: autumn, colder weather and finally getting that training for your puppy in hand.

I was reading an article recently thanks to our friends at Blue 9 Pet Products about the essentials of training your dog. Blue 9 is the maker of The KLIMB™ – the world’s first professionally designed and engineered dog training platform. It was specifically designed to improve the relationship between you and your dog. 

In the article, I was reminded that dogs, and all animals for that matter, learn by the consequences of their actions. Consequences, pleasant or unpleasant, can increase or decrease the likelihood of a behaviour being repeated in the future.  What struck me was how we, as pet owners, can use this information to our advantage.

Knowing that when our dogs display inappropriate behaviours, they are not trying to be dominant or take over the household. These behaviours allow us to take a step back and truly analyze the sequence of events. We can look at three main components: Antecedent, which is what happens before the behaviour; Behaviour, what the dog does; and Consequence, what happens after the behaviour that may be reinforcing or punishing it? We can change behaviour by manipulating the environment (antecedent) or the consequence.

We can also change the consequences for the dog’s behaviour. When our dog jumps on a guest, we can utilize negative punishment by having the guest ignore the dog until a more appropriate behaviour is displayed. We can also use positive reinforcement by delivering a treat or other reinforcer when the dog has all four feet on the ground.

Teaching our dogs a strong repertoire of reinforceable behaviours will provide tools we need to manage the dogs in our lives. While many pet owners are tempted to simply tell their dog ‘no’ or punish unwanted behaviours, this does nothing for teaching the dog what to do instead.  Teaching replacement behaviours such as to sit calmly for pets or relax on the KLIMB while you cook dinner will help give the dog more direction in those situations.

There are great tips for training on The KLIMB™ website, or you can also come to us at Furbaby Pet Care for some one-on-one direction.


DID YOU KNOW FURBABY PET CARE OFFERS PERSONAL DOG TRAINING?

Our trainer and Furbaby Park Supervisor, Ana Supynuk, utilizes these techniques mentioned in this blog post to help you and your dog overcome some tricky situations. Things like your dog misbehaving when guests come over, aggression or anxiety when in larger groups of other dogs, pulling on the leash or jumping up on people. These are just a few things Ana will cover when you book a session with her at Furbaby Pet Care.

Ana will show you that dogs have adapted and evolved to live in our lives over the past 14,000 years. They behave far differently than their wolf ancestors. While there was once a popular belief that we must be dominant over our dogs, or act as a pack leader, this has since been tossed aside in favour of a behavioural approach.

We also use The KLIMB™ platform in the Furbaby campus. We have them for sale as well so you can work on your techniques at home – indoors or outside.


FURBABY PET CARE ALSO OFFERS REFRESH SESSIONS FOR YOUR DOG!

If you dog needs a mid-groom touch-up, or just a good old scrub, contact Jazzmine McCrea at Furbaby Pet Care. You can give us a shout at (306) 912-7783. Or check out ALL of our services to find out more. Jazz will give your pup a bath, a trim, a brush out or will dremel your dog’s nails so you don’t have to wait for the next grooming appointment. It’s affordable, convenient and can take place when you drop your dog off for Doggy Day Care at Furbaby. Most everyone knows Jazz – she’s our Intake Supervisor at Furbaby and she’s also on her way to becoming a full-fledged groomer too. We’re proud of each and every staff member at Furbaby and love to support each person in their endeavours.

Thank you for your support. We love seeing your dogs and cats at Furbaby Pet Care and we’re honoured you chose our campus.

Jocelyn


Trusted Saskatoon Pet Experts at Furbaby Pet Care Share Their Opinion On Pet Leashes, Collar and Harnesses

Furbaby Pet Care in Saskatoon, SK, is dedicated to giving you peace of mind with the highest level of care for your pets. Their knowledgeable, experienced and professional staff will meet with your family to ensure your pet care needs are understood and every detail is covered! They have the expertise and experience that you need. In their first Trusted tip they share their opinion on what they think is the best for your Furbaby and explore the options  - a leash vs a collar vs a harness. Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists.  


Leash versus Collar vs Harness…What is Best For Your Furbaby?

Let’s talk leashes, collars, harnesses and canine comfort. Everybody has their preference, and some leashing systems work for some dogs but not others. If we had things the Furbaby Pet Care way, about 75% of dogs on a walk today would be in a harness as opposed to a collar.

Here’s why: most dogs will pull on a walk. They see something they’d like to chase and they stretch things out as far as they can (usually six feet), straining against their lead, often at the cost of the owner/handler’s balance. This puts things under strain, and, if the dog’s in a collar/leash set-up, he or she is choking against the collar. The immediate answer for this type of dog is to get them into a harness system. A couple of the new ones, like Leashi or Halti, have been designed to pull to the side, pulling the dog sideways, under strain. Most dogs dislike walking sideways, so they learn quickly that if they don’t want to walk sideways, they simply have to walk along at the handler’s pace, leaving flowers, trees and a myriad of other points of interest, but off their own pathways, alone.

Another space the collar vs harness debate rages (you’d be surprised, people get passionate about this topic) is in the training arena. Traditionally, collar response is a very good way to train a dog to heel, to come when called and to pay attention to the handler during training and after, on every day walks, etc. Many Obedience Schools strongly advocate collar training and have for years. While collar training has many pros going for it, such as quick response to handler correction and very quick handler correction times, the downside is, again, you’re choking your dog, even a little, in order to get them to listen to you and improve their behaviour.

The other danger with collars, and this is especially true of small, toy and miniature breeds, as well as puppies of all breeds, is that collars risk exposing your small canine to esophageal and soft tissue damages to the neck and throat. These damages can become permanent and quite debilitating, leading to issues both immediate and ongoing, as well as chronic breathing, swallowing and eating issues.

Newly designed harnesses takes collar training head-on. In fact, new training harnesses offer the same type of quick response times by moving the discomfort from the dog’s throat to between their legs and chests, which, to many handlers and owners, is a much more pet-friendly way to train. Whichever way you lean (we clearly lean toward the harness), Furbaby is of the mindset that one of the best ways to ensure your dog is alert and attentive on walks and out in the world is to take them through some level(s) of Obedience training at your local Dog Training facility. 

Furbaby Pet Care offer Pet Training at Furbaby Campus, but wherever you go and whomever you trust to help you and your dog train for a better future, that is always a wise decision. 

Thanks for reading our article on Leash versus Collar vs Harness – until next time, Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay!

Furbaby Pet Care – Less stress for you and your pets!



Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists.

The Trusted Saskatoon team and community are thrilled to welcome Furbaby Pet Care in Saskatoon, SK to the Saskatoon Directory of excellence in our Saskatoon Pets and Vets Category. Their team is dedicated to giving you peace of mind with the highest level of care for your pets. Their knowledgeable, experienced and professional staff will meet with your family to ensure your pet care needs are understood and every detail is covered! Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists.  


Furbaby Pet Care Guarantees Less Stress For  Your Pet. 


When you leave your pet with Jocelyn and the Furbaby Pet Care Team,  you can be sure that they are in good hands and a safe environment. 

Fido Benefits from Massage Just Like You 

Want to offer your animal the ultimate care? Just as with humans, a pet massage can improve your-four-legged friends' circulation, reduce muscle fatigue, remove toxins and maintain flexibility. It also helps condition his coat, as massage moves the skin’s natural oils through his fur. The founder of Furbaby's,  Jocelyn is a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and she will come to your home, where your pet is most comfortable. Jocelyn is not only a dog lover but a professional dedicated to her career. Growing up with dogs, spending time on a farm and having years of experience with animals who have a range of needs gave her the drive and the know-how to create a business that incorporates holistic pet care practices. She is also a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) and has numerous other pet education courses, but her real talent is her connection with your furbabies!


Don't take it from us - read what Furbaby's Clients had to say when we surveyed many of them as part of the Trusted Saskatoon verification process - EVERY single person we spoke to gave them 10/10 on all counts! 


Furbaby Pet Care is a wonderful pet sitting service and I can't possibly say enough wonderful things about this business Jocelyn is an amazing person, she is easy to talk to, beyond accommodating and obviously loves and adores the pets she looks after. I have used her services on more than one occasion and she has always been there to help me with anything that my pets require or need. She updated me with lots of pictures always making sure I felt my pet was in great hands. I could not have asked for a better experience/ 10/10   - Amanda Marie Isnor, Saskatoon


I believe Furbaby spend quality time with my dog and that they have gotten to know her and appreciate her for her own unique personality. They treat her like an extension of their own family and have gone out of their way offering to help get her to our vet for us while we were at work. They come to our home to help us save time, or to just take her out during the day. I love that they send pictures of her at the dog park playing with other pets they are caring for and even just getting some cuddles. It gives us peace of mind knowing she feels at home and is well taken care of when we are away. I would recommend Furbaby without hesitation.  Lindsay Fuchs, Saskatoon



Furbaby Pet Care Services Include: 

'Less Stress For You AND Your Pets!'

Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists.  

Solange of Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan Answers the Question - Do Your Collars 'Shock'?

Invisible Fence® Brand systems Saskatchewan are invisible boundary systems for your yard and home! It keeps your pet out of harm's way and prevents unwanted behaviours throughout your home and yard. The systems are safe, humane, and highly recommended by Veterinarians, Behaviorists, and pet experts. Over the last 45 years, they have helped more than two million pets and their owners lead safe and harmonious lives together, and their exclusive training program allows dogs and cats to learn their boundaries without fear, distress, or behavioural harm. 

Invisible Fence Saskatchewan are Trusted Saskatoon Pet fencing solution experts!  

Do Invisible Fence Collars 'Shock'?

This great photo below,  of a dog choosing not to "cross the line" of their invisible fence, despite some tempting moose in the yard, prompted this question on social media: "So would it have gotten a shock if it crossed the line?"


Solange, owner of Invisible Fence® Brand systems Saskatchewan, answered: 


"It does not give them a shock. It is a sensation that they just don’t like. It is kind of like a 
chalkboard to us. It doesn’t hurt us to scratch our nails down a chalkboard, but we sure as heck won’t do it because we cannot stand the feeling of it. So think of their boundary as their chalkboard. Even if I had to turn a dogs collar up onto the highest setting because he was that stubborn, the greatest amount of static in his collar is no more then when you drag your feet across carpet. But a rate of vibration is added into it creating that sensation that they just don’t like. When we begin the training with your pets, it is on a low rate of vibration only which you and I cannot even feel in our hand.



I always put the collar in the owner's hand so that they can feel what they are feeling. You will look at me and tell me you don’t feel anything. And that is the point. You will watch me teach your dog to learn and understand what and where his boundaries are on a setting that you and I cannot even feel. Eventually, his collar settings will change in order to keep him within his boundaries should he be tempted to leave. But that is not done until he gets to know his boundary and which way to turn at his boundary 100%. We let him make all the mistakes while learning on a setting that we cannot feel. This way, they have a full understanding of their boundary before their settings are put to a containment level designed for each and every dog individually. Their containment settings will be customized based on their breed, size, age and personality. Perhaps one of your dogs are timid and the other one is the opposite. Then their collars will be set very differently. The training will be done differently as well."

Solange Continued...

" This is one of the many reasons that makes us so different from anything else out there. Because we have the ability to set the collar on a low rate of vibration only allowing the dog to learn. Dogs thrive on their training. They love to learn new things. So when they get to learn at something that is only making them aware but not startling or scaring them at all. Research has been done with invisible fence brand products where researchers and veterinarians hooked dogs up to machines that measured their heart rates and stress levels. Not one single dog was ever under any kind of stress or duress while going through the training. Because it is done in such a kind and gentle way. This is why animal behaviourist and veterinarians support invisible fence brand products and the training. The training was designed by animal behaviourist specifically to go with our systems. Thank you for asking this question I hope that this was helpful. You can call me anytime and I can explain further."

At Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan they're passionate about protecting pets — so you can focus on fun! Get more information on the solutions they offer by visiting their listing in the  Trusted pets and vets category. 





Trusted Saskatoon Vets Give Traveling Tips for Your Pet



Traveling Tips for You and Your Pet



Planning a trip with your pet soon? 


Traveling Tips


  1. Keep your Pet safe, secure in a well-ventilated crate/carrier.
  2. Warm up with short trips before the long trip to get them used to travel.
  3. Feed your pet a few hours before you leave, and not during travel.
  4. Never leave your animal alone/unattended in a vehicle especially in warm weather.
  5. Have your pets traveling kit ready, including water, bowls, medication (if needed) as well as an emergency kit with bandages.
  6. Make sure your pet has a microchip or some form of identification.
  7. Keep their head inside the vehicle while driving and be sure windows are closed enough so the pet cannot escape.
  8. Bring your pets vaccination and medical records.
  9. Bring your own water!
  10. Consider getting easy to clean seat and floor covers for your convenience. 

These tips are a summary of tips from 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet. You can read the original article HERE.

Giardia




Are you or your pet at risk of Giardia infection? Giardia is a protozoan parasitic infection. Although there are various sources of contamination, one of the most common for our pets is drinking from untreated contaminated creeks, lakes or rivers. Once infected the most common symptom is acute, (or intermittent and can potentially be chronic if left untreated) smelly, frothy, mucousy diarrhea. This parasite can be transferred to humans. So, if you and your pet have recently been in areas at risk and symptoms occur, it is best to be seen by your veterinarian and/or physician. 


Do You Know Where You're Going?



 



When traveling with our furry family members we often forget to check to see if the environment is safe for them to travel with us. Some things like heartworm are much more prevalent in hotter climates. This is a parasite that you can prevent your pet from getting as long as they are treated prior to exposure. How high is the risk for Lyme disease from ticks where you’re going? Possibly having them vaccinated beforehand would help but know ahead of time is the key. If traveling abroad, will your pet be allowed into the country? If not properly vaccinated and dewormed with specific regulations your pet could be quarantined or not permitted to enter.


Every country has its own rules and restrictions in regards to what a pet needs to be able to accompany you. You can start to sniff out all the answers by clicking here. The government site will also direct you to the correct people you need to contact if you cannot find all the answers you are looking for.



These tips are a summary of tips from 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet. You can read the original article HERE.



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