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Peanut Butter Doggy Cookie Recipe

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Peanut Butter Doggy Cookies are a favorite among most dogs! This easy-to-make recipe is definitely worth a try!

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup of peanut butter (be sure to get the peanut butter without xylitol– raw, unsalted peanut butter is best)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ¼ cup of water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix together your flour, eggs and peanut butter in one bowl.
  3. Once your flour, eggs and peanut butter are mixed, add in a little bit of water at a time until all of the water is added.
  4. Lay out the dough and cut cookie shapes as desired.
  5. Place your cookies on the baking sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  6. Bake until browned, cool, and serve.

GET COOKIN’

We’d love to hear from you after you cook these delicious treats! Enjoy! 

Is Your Doggy Guilty?

Does your doggy have that ‘guilty look,’ too? 

Hunting with Your Dog

There’s no question that dogs are man’s best friend. Not only are they our best friends, they are loyal companions, guardians, and protectors. Plus, guess what else they enjoy? Hunting.

There are many hunters who choose to involve their dog in their hunting adventures. Hunting provides your dog with mental and physical stimulation necessary to stay happy and healthy. Plus, it’s an awesome way to improve the bond you share.

Which Dog Breeds Hunt?

 

There are two main categories of hunting dogs; hounds and gun dogs. The hound dogs are good for pursuing game like rabbits and deer. The gun dogs are most commonly associated with locating grouse, pheasants, and/or ducks who are incredibly camouflaged in the wilderness.

The hunting hounds literally bring the hunter to their prey. Their noses are sensational (like many other dogs) and they’re able to detect/ track scent quickly. They’re also loud enough for the hunter to be alerted when the prey is found. If a hound gets lost, they also often know to howl so the hunter is able to locate them.

The running hounds flush out game and pursue the game to bring the prey to the hunter. They are able to maneuver rabbits and deer in a certain direction to bring them within shooting distance of the hunter.

Gun dogs don’t track prey, flush prey, or maneuver prey. Instead, they sit by their owner until the hunter has made his or her shot. They will then run over and fetch the game for the hunter whether in water or on land.

What’s it Take to Be a Hunting Dog?


All hunting dogs must be well-trained, have good stamina/endurance, be physically fit, and healthy enough to go on such adventures.

We have a few tips for those of you who are interested in learning more about the hunting sport.

Tips for Hunting with Your Dog

  1. Enjoy puppyhood with your dog. Your puppy must learn to trust and respect you from an early age. If you spend a significant amount of time with your puppy, you’ll also be able to determine your pup’s strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Take walks through the woods. Taking walks will help your dog understand the different sights, smells, and sounds surrounding her.
  3. Don’t jump straight into ‘let’s go hunt!’ Instead, be certain to teach basic obedience skills first. Commands like “sit, stay, and come” are critical.
  4. Make sure both you and your dog are physically fit. Hunting may not sound intense, but once you get out there you’ll thank yourself for getting into shape first.
  5. Ticks and other parasites are common in the woods and other hunting areas. Be sure your dog has flea, tick, and heartworm medication prior to beginning your adventures.
  6. Don’t forget a first aid kit for you and your dog!

 

Finally, have fun with this. This sport isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a hunting enthusiast, this could be the perfect activity for you and your dog to do together.


P.S.- If your dog isn’t already microchipped, this is certainly worth looking into just in case he were to get lost on your adventure. Better safe than sorry for sure.

Top Common ‘No-no’s’ for Children with Dogs

Within every relationship, regardless of type, there are unspoken rules that allow us to understand what is appropriate and acceptable.

The relationship you share (and your family shares) with your family dog is similar to this. There are certain boundaries that should not be passed and you’ll get to know those boundaries the more you bond with your dog. 

When children are involved, they may not quite understand what those boundaries are. In an effort to keep both your child and your dog safe, you must teach your children what a proper and acceptable human-dog relationship looks like. 

The first rule, and perhaps the most critical, is for your children to learn to treat your family dog with love and respect. 

If your child isn’t treating your dog with respect, remind him or her that, like us, dogs have feelings, too. 

Remind children:

  • Absolutely no sitting or stepping on your family dog
  • No pulling, yanking, or poking the family dog. 
  • Stay away from the food dish 
  • Stay away from his or her toys until you are 100% certain your family dog is not territorial or protective with them.

Children will be children. And, they learn by repetition. You may have to remind your child several times before he or she understands what you’re expecting.

Teaching Responsibility

Adopting a family dog is an excellent way to assist your child in learning about responsibility. Providing fresh water and feeding at the appropriate times could boost your child’s confidence and increase the bond he/she shares with your dog.

This also provides you with the perfect opportunity to explain your dog depends fully on your family to care for him. Of course, he will care for your family, too. But, in different ways.

Don’t Hurt my Body Being Too Rough

Most dogs adore children and enjoy having them around to play and love on. It’s important to teach your children where the boundaries are here, though. Your dog is not a couch to sit on or an object to push. The following tips should be followed: 

Please do not:

  • Sit on her
  • Lie on him
  • Climb on her
  • Pull his tail
  • Pull on her ears
  • Bounce on her
  • Step on him

An easy way to explain this is the following:

“Would you like to be treated like that?” Generally, the answer is no and the behavior stops. 

Respect my “Safe Place”

Dogs generally have a ‘safe place’ where he or she is able to escape when feeling overwhelmed. Be sure your child (or you) do not interrupt her safe space. 

Your dog may also go visit her safe space if she’s feeling sleepy, wants to play on her own, or if she has anxiety. Just like us, sometimes dogs need a break too. 

While She’s Eating 

Allow your dog to eat in peace without little hands getting in her bowl. You can teach a dog to be perfectly fine with this, but eating is a pleasurable experience for your dog and they generally would like to be left alone while they’re chowing down their meal. 

To protect both your dog and your child, your child should not do any of the following:

  • No hands near food or food dish while eating
  • No touching while eating
  • Don’t put your face next to his while he’s eating

Summing it Up

Parents should sit down with their children and explain the rules listed above. This could prevent any sort of aggression in addition to increasing the bond your dog shares with your family.

Children also lead by example. They will watch how you’re treating your dog and follow what you do. Be sure you’re setting a good example of love and respect.

Staying Fit with Your Dog on Vacation

If you’re committed to regular exercise, particularly jogging or walking, you probably keep up that healthy habit even when you’re on vacation. And if you have a dog in your household, chances are he is your exercise buddy and goes right along with you as you walk, jog, run, or hike. 

Dogs love to be with us regardless of what we’re doing, and we truly hate to leave them behind in a kennel, pet hotel, or with a sitter for the entire time we’re on vacation, or even on a short business trip. 

So why not take your four-legged friend on vacation with you? 

Make your dog part of your vacation plans. 

If she’s part of your exercise routine when you’re at home, have her become a  part of your exercise routine while you’re on vacation, too. 

Not only will the two of you stay in shape while you’re gone, but your dog will also be less stressed due to the extra physical and mental stimulation.

Plan Early

It’s tempting to be spontaneous and not plan your trip out accordingly.

For adults only, that’s obviously something that can be done. However, since you’ll be taking your dog with you on your vacation, you need to factor in dog-friendly destinations (restaurants, hotels, etc). 

If you’re taking your dog with you, long trips to amusement parks while your dog stays at the hotel isn’t exactly ideal. Your dog would be in a new place with new smells, sounds, and surroundings, resulting in a potential significant increase in her stress levels. 

Instead, plan trips to the beach, hiking trails, and there are even many restaurants in larger cities which are now allowing dogs to enter (or at least sit at the outdoor table with you). 

Make Sure the Dog’s Shots and Tags Are Up-to-Date

Before you leave, make sure your pet is vaccinated and properly licensed. 

If she isn’t microchipped, this is also something you may want to take into consideration. If she were to get lost (unfortunately, this does happen sometimes), the microchip would lead her back to you when she is located. 

Include Some of the Essentials of Home

No matter where you end up staying (resort, hotel, or lodge or cabin), make sure your dog has some of his own “stuff,” like a blanket, some toys, his favorite bed, or anything of his that simply smells like home. 

This helps provide him or her with comfort and helps her adapt to new places. 

Plan it out- and you’ll have an amazing vacation together as a family with your pup. 

Funniest Pet Moments: Be Prepared to Laugh

We have been doing quite a bit of talking. This week we just want to make you laugh. Grab your tissues because you’ll be laughing so hard you may cry. 

Enjoy!

Click here for extreme laughter. 

Keep Worms Out of Your Pet’s Heart

April is Heartworm Awareness Month for our pets. We had considered writing an article for you about heartworm, but then thought about the overwhelming amount of information about heartworms in dogs and cats.

As such, we have decided to include a couple of videos for you to watch. The first video is relatively scientific, but explains the process of how your dog ‘catches’ heartworms right down to how it affects her body.

The second video explains heartworm in a less scientific manner.

We feel sharing both is necessary to emphasize how you can prevent heartworm in your pet. Also, if your dog were to develop the condition, we want you to be able to see the signs as early as possible.

Video 1:


Video 2: 

We hope these videos help your furry family. If you have any questions, contact your veterinarian. They’re more than happy to share information with you to prevent your dog or cat from developing this horrible condition. 

Give Your Pet a Job!

Putting Your Pet to Work

Cats and dogs are genetically wired to spend time on activities that increase their likelihood of survival. They still have those instincts today. The opportunity to play. The opportunity to socialize. The opportunity to eat. The opportunity to explore.

Food is the main necessities of life, so we’ll focus on this one. Each species is programmed with a method to acquire food. Generally… hunting.

Finding food requires both mental and physical exercises. They spend their time and their energy on locating and hunting down their meal.

Enriching their Environment

In order to provide our pet (cat or dog) with a stimulating environment, this is a need we can assist them in meeting. We want them to have time to relax and sleep of course, but we also want them to have time to get their ‘frustrations’ out.

DIY Food Puzzles

We have included a video with a few different do-it-yourself dog food puzzles you can create quickly. Pick one and see what your dog thinks. If she loves it, great. If she isn’t a huge fan, try another! And, most importantly, have fun!

What Takes My Dog So Long to Poop?!

Regardless of the weather, our dogs still have to go outside to use the bathroom.

Sometimes this can be an excruciatingly painful task… especially when there’s two feet of snow on the ground during the winter.

Why do our dogs take SO LONG to decide where to go poop? Seriously?!

Some dogs have to sniff literally everything before they pick the perfect spot to use the bathroom. If you have a dog who does this, join the club of those dog lovers who will be spending their lifetime outside waiting for their dog to find their place of choice.

Research suggests there are four main reasons for this:

·        Other dogs’ scent

·        Distraction

·        Anxiety

·        Magnetic poles

Pooping for Communication

Our dogs communicate by smelling other dogs’ business (AKA poop and pee).

With a sniff or two, your dog can find out where a dog has been and what she’s been doing.

The smells your dog senses can tell her how many dogs have been in that area and how long ago they were there as well.

The Anxiety

If your dog is generally anxious in her day-to-day activities, there’s a high probability she’s nervous about where she should use the bathroom too.

Dogs with anxiety might only poop in one certain area that’s a bit hidden. Or, she might find an area where she feels comfortable and stick with it using only that one spot. Never straying away.

The surface your dog uses the bathroom on also matters to some dogs. If your dog has a surface preference, he probably developed it at a young age for some reason.

Some dogs want soft, grassy areas to do their business. Others want a completely ‘free of debris’ surface.

Magnetic Poles

Does your dog spin around in a circle before going poop?

If so, it’s generally because some dogs prefer to align their body with the North-South axis.

Interesting…

Distractions and Procrastination

To be honest, some dogs just might be stalling. They just plain out don’t want to go back inside the house. Not at all. They want to be outside enjoying the weather.

If your dog only goes outside or spends most of the time outside only to go potty, she might take her good old sweet time walking around and enjoying her outdoor time to stay out longer.

Weird, right? If you have any questions, get ahold of us on Facebook by typing in Petkey Pets in your search bar or clicking here.

Should We Build a Dog Shower?

Our dogs get dirty. Maybe not all the time, but there are quite a few times where they will go out to play in the mud or roll in that old smelly dead skunk in the woods. We’re hesitant to even bring them in the house like that. Then, we have to put them in our bathtub. This can be an absolute nightmare. Next step… clean out our bathtub.

Since it’s such a hassle to give dogs a bath at home, dog lovers have now started building doggy showers. They’re basically a mini shower for our pups.

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Their very own shower. Their very own space.

The majority of dog showers have a raised platform so we aren’t in that uncomfortable position while we’re trying to sud them up. And, you could probably already guess dog lovers add in a detachable shower head to get the dog squeaky clean.

Where Do Dog Showers Go?

Well, some dog lovers like the dog shower to be in the same room as the regular shower. Others prefer to install a dog shower in the mud room so their dog can go straight from outside to the bath if necessary. This is all about your preference.

You Can See the Benefits

We’re sure you can already see the benefits of installing a dog shower in your home. There’s no more hurting your body while you’re trying to get those hard to reach spots with your dog in the bathtub.

They’re much easier on your dog’s body because they don’t have to jump over the bathtub wall (this is particularly good for disabled or senior dogs).

Your dog won’t be tracking mud, guck, and pieces of animal through your home. Their mess is contained to one easy-to-clean area.

Looking at Designs

There are SO many designs to choose from. Just to give you an idea, we have included a few links below to help you brainstorm (click the links below):

Watch the Video

To sum it up, we want to show you a very brief video of what a dog shower looks like. Of course, you can design the dog shower any way you like but this gives you a rough idea of what we’re talking about today.

Why Do Some Dogs Fear Men?

Your dog may be just fine without any behavior problems around women and children, but when a man approaches (even if it’s just one man he or she knows) he may immediately become a different dog. 

If you’re a man and have experienced this then this article is a must-read. 

Some dogs may try to hide from a man, cower, or show some type of submissive behavior. You may also notice a shake or even unexpected urination due to anxiety.

Other dogs who are afraid of men may show signs of aggression (growling/showing of teeth). If the man gets too close she may even snap or lunge at you.

A Fear of Men is Common

You might be surprised, but a fear of men is actually a relatively common phobia in dogs, and even dogs who have been extremely socialized can share the fear.

Why the Fear of Only Men?

When someone finds out a dog is afraid of men, he or she often immediately connects the fear to a negative past experience. But, there are a variety of reasons why your dog may fear men in general or even one particular man including:

  • If your dog has been abused by a man, or anyone for that matter, prior to being brought into your family. This may cause a lifelong fear of a ‘sturdy’ or ‘firm’ voice.
  • A lack of socialization or lack of mental/physical stimulation. 
  • Men appear to be more dominant than women in many cases. This dominance may result in fear.

Time to Ease Your Dog’s Fear

This could be easy as 1-2-3. Or, it can be extremely difficult. It all depends on the reason for your dog’s fear and the level of severity.

Regardless of the 1-10 scale, be sure to be patient with your furry companion. 

Don’t Force Any Interaction, Ever

Don’t try to force your dog out of her comfort zone to correct the behavior. This could make matters significantly worse. And, usually results in some sort of ‘backfire.’

Worst-case scenario…. your good intentions here could lead the dog to bite and increase her fear of you.

Let Him Come to You: Not the Other Way Around

Let your dog to approach you on his own. This may be difficult since you’re sharing a home with your dog, but the best bet is often to ignore your dog. This will allow her to feel more comfortable with you and not forced to interact. 

Of course you want to be near your dog to increase the bond, but this just isn’t the right time. By ignoring your dog, you’re essentially providing her with the opportunity to come to you. It’s on her own terms.

Encourage with Treats

When you’re trying to break your dog of her fear of you, be sure to keep a handful of treats handy. When she starts to come near you, throw a few her way as if you weren’t paying attention. Gently.

This process may take a while. It might take time for your dog to take treats from you but once she does, she will connect you with something positive.

For some dogs, this can take a week or two. For others, a month or even longer. Patience is key.

Don’t Forget Obedience Training

If your dog is obedience trained, there’s a higher chance of her or him being able to focus in stressful situations.

If there is someone in the home (a woman), she should make obedience training part of their daily routine. Continuous obedience training with a fearful dog may speed up the process.

Again, don’t forget to be patient. Patience is critical.

How a Microchip Saved a Dog’s Life

There’s no surprise why microchips are recommended by pet professionals. Microchips are extremely helpful in returning a beloved pet to his or her family. We have found this video for you this week of a dog whose pet parent had been searching for her for days. Luckily, someone found her and called for help. When help arrived, the microchip identified her family.

P.S.- Grab some tissues before watching this heartwarming video.

P.S. #2- For more heartwarming stories, refer to our testimonials here at PetKey.org! 

The 6 Most Awkward Dog Questions Answered

Hello again, everyone! Happy Monday! It’s the start of a new week and we thought it would be neat to begin the week answering some of those questions you may have floating in your head but are afraid to ask. You know, the awkward kind? If you have any other questions, feel free to send them in to us. We’re happy to help!

Question 1: Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

This is an extremely common question and you’d be surprised how many people are pondering this. To be honest, some dogs eat poop simply out of boredom. But there could be some underlying issues that you might want to take her to the veterinarian for. Scientifically, this is known as coprophagy.

If eating poop is common for your dog, there could be some type of deficiency in his or her diet. Check with your veterinarian or your canine nutritionist.

Question 2: Do Dogs See in Black and White?

There’s a myth floating around out there that dogs can only see in black and white. This isn’t the case. Dogs don’t see the same way we do, but they still see in color.

A dog’s vision is similar to a person who has red-green colorblindness. They’re essentially viewing the world in blue, greenish-yellow, yellow, and grey.

Question 3: Can Tug-of-War Make My Dog Mean?

Tug-of-War is often a dog’s favorite game. There has been some question as to if tug-of-war increases predatory behaviors (the desire to go after prey like squirrels) in dogs. There has also been a theory floating around that tug-of-war makes dogs more aggressive.

Research has not confirmed this.

In fact, research has encouraged the game of tug-of-war because it gets the instinct to hunt prey ‘out’ of your dogs in many cases. Plus, it’s a great way to spend some good bonding time with your dog.

This doesn’t go for all dogs of course. Every dog is unique and has different ‘triggers,’ or different things that make them upset. If you notice your dog becomes upset of frustrated with any game, not only tug-of-war, choose a different game to play with her.

Question 4: Why is My Dog Scooting Her Butt Across the Livingroom Floor?

If you have had a dog for a long time, or have had multiple dogs, there’s a good chance you have been sitting there watching a movie only to glance over and see your dog scooting her butt across the floor awkwardly.

It’s odd, right?

This is an issue that’s common in small and mid-size dogs, but it can be seen in larger breeds too.

Dogs have an anal sac (cats have them too) that can become ‘full,’ impacted, or infected if it isn’t emptying properly.

That’s where the scooting comes in.

The symptoms of a ‘bothered’ anal gland:

  • Scooting
  • Bad odor
  • Pain (in some cases)

If you get your dog groomed, the groomer usually empties the anal sac as part of their grooming process.

Question 5: How Do I Get That Terrible Skunk Smell Off?

You would be surprised how many dogs get sprayed by skunks. They’re curious. Your dog might want to get a close up to see what kind of animal they’re looking at or he might just want to use that prey instinct of his.

Either way, we don’t want a skunky dog in bed with us or lounging on our nice sofa.

Here’s a DIY recipe to get rid of that yucky smell:

  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tsp of liquid dawn dish soap
  1. Mix all this up. Be sure to wear gloves while you’re washing your smelly buddy.
  2. Grab your pup and put her in the tub.
  3. Start rubbing the solution into her fur and be sure to wash thoroughly.

P.S.- Don’t leave this solution on her fur too long as it will bleach her fur.

P.S. 2- You might have to repeat this process more than once depending on how good the skunk got her.

Question 6: Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?

We all know cats have whiskers. That’s obvious.

Why do dogs need them, though?

Surprisingly, your dog’s whiskers provide her with tons of information.

A dog’s whiskers can sense air currents. You’re probably thinking “okay, what does that mean?”

This means your dog can understand the shape, size, and speed of things nearby which helps them in detecting danger to better protect their pack AKA you and your family.

More Awkward Questions?

If you have more awkward questions and would like another article written answering them, send them in to us via our Facebook page! Simply search PetKey Pets, click our page, and comment/message. Don’t forget to ‘like’ our page to follow our future articles!

The 5 Most Affectionate Kitties in the World

If you’re searching for a cat, there’s a high chance you’re searching for one who is affectionate and ready to be loved at any time. There are those cat lovers who would rather a cat be more on the independent side, but if you’re searching for a loving kitty, this is a must-read.

Just as with dogs, every cat is unique and even cats within the same breed may have varied temperaments. But, we have done our best to put together a list for kitties to look into.

Cat Breed 1: Birman

·        Long-haired

·        Blue eyes

·        Silky smooth

·        Share their love with humans and other pets (even the family dog)

Click here for the full breed profile for the Birman Cat.

Cat Breed 2: Burmese

·        Loves to snuggle

·        Loves to play

·        Athletic

·        Sable-colored

Click here for a full breed profile for the Burmese Cat

Cat Breed 3: Cornish Rex

·        Attention hogs

·        Can never get enough love

·        Commonly used as therapy cats

Click here for a full breed profile for the Cornish Rex.

Cat Breed 4: Persian

·        Lap lover

·        Relaxed

·        Long coat

·        Cute, smushed faces

Click here for a full breed profile for the Persian Cat.

Cat Breed 5: Ragdoll

·        Blue eyes

·        Love to be held as long as you like

·        Extremely tolerant

·        Excellent family cats

Click here for a full breed profile for the Ragdoll Cat.

Which Dog Breed is Best for You?

You’re thinking about adopting a dog. Choosing and adopting a dog is both an exciting and a nerve-wracking time for your family. You’re taking on quite a large responsibility. You are choosing to take responsibility for another life for many years to come.

When choosing a new dog, there are tons of questions roaming through your mind. Most commonly, the first question is, “what breed of dog is best for me?”

Which dog will be best suited for my lifestyle? Which dog will be best suited for my family?

The first step in being a responsible pet parent is choosing a dog you can commit to for his or her lifetime. Be sure to do your research. Once you adopt her, she will count on you for the rest of her life.

Make a thoughtful, well-planned decision.

To assist you in making this huge decision, we have found a survey you can take to review your options by clicking here.

Let’s Check Out the Video! 

We’ve also included the video below to help you search for your new best friend!

Can DogTV Help Dogs with Separation Anxiety?

This week we want to highlight DogTV. Have you ever heard of it? DogTV is the first television channel designed specifically for dogs and is created with the intent to reduce your dog’s separation anxiety and increase her well-being.

Separation anxiety has been found to be the number one behavioral problem of dogs in the United States. Dogs are social animals and often find it difficult to be away from his or her family.

DogTV is a 24/7 service so you’re able to turn it on any time you feel necessary.

How Does DogTV Work?

DogTV has been created using scientific evidence pertaining to canine separation anxiety. Years of research has gone into the development of this special television broadcast. It’s been created by the world’s top experts.

When watching DogTV, a dog’s sense of vision and hearing are targeted. This increases your pup’s mental stimulation and assists in preventing boredom.

My Dog?

Now, you might ask, “do you really think my dog will watch this?” That’s a great question. And, a common one. Dogs have been found to respond to what they see on television especially when it involves other dogs or other animals of any kind actually.

If you do a quick search on YouTube, you’ll see there are thousands of videos of dogs watching television. Yes, it’s a real thing.

How Do I Get DogTV?

If you live in the United States, DogTV is available via Comcast Xfininity, DirectTV Nationwide, Dish, RCN, and Cox.

If you have a computer, it’s also available via Mac and PC.

There’s a DogTV app on AppleTV, Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, iOS, and Android.

There are many options for you to grab DogTV and see if it works for your dog to reduce separation anxiety while you’re gone. Or, if you dog commonly experiences anxiety when you’re home, it’s still worth a try.

And, for those dog lovers who just want to grab their dog something to do while they’re busy this is the perfect gift.

If you do subscribe to DogTV, you might be thinking ‘this doesn’t look right.’ Keep in mind, this wasn’t designed for us as humans. There are colors on the screen, contrast, and camera angles that may appear to be ‘off’ to the human eye but they’re designed to maximize your dog’s attention.

The Categories: Relaxation, Stimulation, Exposure

There are three different categories available when you subscribe to DogTV. You might be wondering which one you should choose; relaxation, stimulation, or exposure.

The relaxation category is designed to assist dogs with stress and anxiety relief using soothing music and visuals.

If your dog needs to be mentally stimulated while home alone, this is where the ‘stimulation’ category comes in handy. The stimulation channel offers your dog plenty of moving images, other dogs and animals to keep her attention, and sounds to encourage your dog to be playful even while you’re gone.

Finally, the third and last category, is exposure. The exposure channel is designed to expose your dog to different stimuli. If your dog needs to be more comfortable in his or her environment, this category is designed to assist with that.

Thoughts?

If anyone has used DogTV or is currently using DogTV, we would love to hear from you. Have you noticed a significant improvement in your dog’s behavior? Have you noticed her stress and/or anxiety decreasing?

If you haven’t tried it and your dog is a ‘separation anxiety’ pup, it’s worth a try! And, they even offer a risk-free trial to make sure it’s a good fit for your individual dog.

We’ve included a clip below so you can get a feel of what DogTV is like… take a look! 


Tips to Encourage a Pawshake

We’ve all seen those dogs who love to shake paws with their human counterpart. The command, ‘shake,’ is a fun trick to teach your dog. And, it’s generally quite simple to teach.

Introducing the “Shake” Command

First step? Reach into that treat back and grab a handful of treats for your pocket. Treats are an excellent reward to encourage your dog to complete the task you’re asking her to.

Have your dog sit down. If she doesn’t know how to sit yet, you’ll need to master that command before starting this one.

Next: Hold a treat in one hand (only one hand) and show the treat to your dog. Then close your fist. Say “shake” and let her get a sniff of that tasty treat as she’s listening to the command.

Then, shake her paw and give her the treat. She will begin to correlate delicious treats with the command you’re providing (low-calorie treats may be necessary here for some dogs).

Don’t get discouraged too easily. Some dogs catch on immediately whereas others take time. Every dog is unique.

Get Rid of the Treat

Eventually, we don’t want to give our dog a treat every time he does a trick or he’s going to one fat ball of fluff. Once your dog has mastered the ‘shake’ command, you can slowly ease off of the treats by not providing a treat every single time he follows your command. Reward him in other ways like praising- “good boy, Rover!” with some love.

Different Methods

As you can imagine, there are different methods which can be used to teach your dog a desired trick. We’ve found the perfect video for you. This is a must-watch.

The video we have chosen for you shows a different method to try with your furry family member- the clicker! You know your dog best; which way would she prefer to learn? Enjoy!


Top 5 Tips for Puppy Training

Yay! Your puppy is finally home! But, oh uh. Now what?

Training needs to begin immediately. Whether your train your pup yourself, enroll her in puppy training classes, or hire a private trainer, there are some basic training tips we can discuss today to get you started on the road to success.

Training Tip 1: Your Pup’s Name

Think long and hard about what you want your puppy’s name should be. Once you pick out a name, it shouldn’t be changed. Changing a name could result in extreme confusion and knock everything out of balance.

For training purposes, it’s best to consider a name with more than one syllable. This will help the training process go much smoother and your dog will understand that’s his name much quicker with repetition.

Side note: If you chose an older shelter dog rather than a puppy, he or she already knows what her name is (or at least there’s a good chance). Changing her name is completely out of the realm of possibility but try the name out you choose first and see how she or he reacts to it. With repetition here too, your new shelter doggy may easily adapt.

Tip 2: Set Ground Rules

Before you bring your new puppy home, you need to set some ground rules. What is she allowed to do? What is she not allowed to do? Once those ground rules are set, stick to them and don’t falter. If you don’t want her jumping on the counters and she is scolded for doing so but then one time you allow her to, she will easily become confused and all that work you have done to keep her from jumping up there will be gone.

Tip 3: Dogs Need Privacy Too

Dogs are den animals and they do enjoy having a place to call their own. Usually, this is a crate. But, it can also be a special room or area in the house that’s generally quiet.

If she’s feeling overwhelmed, this is the area she will feel comfortable walking into in an effort to escape and have some calm down time.

This area can also become extremely helpful with house training because pups don’t like to go potty in their sleep zone.

Tip 4: Teach Him to Come When Called

This is a critical point here. We want our pups to come when we call them. Not only is it a sign of respect to us, but it prevents them from getting into trouble or getting hurt.

“Come Rover!” in an excited voice. Good boy! Good boy! Teaching your pup this command the moment he arrives home is important. Of course, he may not understand immediately but he’ll get the hang of it. Start out by practicing inside. Then, find a fenced-in area outdoors you can practice. With continued effort, your dog will come to you whenever you ask her to.

Tip 5: Reward the Good

Positive reinforcement is extremely important. We want to ignore bad behaviors and reward all good behaviors in this stage of puppyhood.

Not only can you use treats for positive reinforcement; you can also use toys, a little bit of kibble, praise, and love. Let him know when he’s done something you’re happy with. He will be happy you’re happy and continue to do his best in keeping you proud.

All in all, make sure all training is positive. Punishment should never be utilized as this could severely damage the bond you have with your dog for the rest of his life. We don’t want that. We want our bond to be as close as possible. Our dogs are an important part of our family.

Plus, if you keep all training positive, he’ll always be ready to learn more from his very best friend, you.

Fun Winter Adventures for Max!

Got Snow? Let’s Go!

Here at PetKey we all know how overwhelming the winter season can be with nothing to do. But there are some benefits to winter. Many people who live in places of snow galore enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and sledding.

Did you know there’s an activity you can include your dog in, though? You heard that right. A winter activity you can enjoy with your doggies.

Snowshoeing!

At first this might not sound like the most glamourous activity, but you’d be surprised at how peaceful and enjoyable it is once you’re out there.

What’s the Human Need?

If you don’t know much about snowshoeing (don’t worry- most don’t), you’ll need a few things to prepare. Don’t fret, it’s not expensive.

Here’s what you’ll need: Cozy winter clothes, insulated hiking boots (or boots that stay warm), and snowshoes. If you want added balance, grab yourself some poles too.

You can rent or buy snowshoes. 

When you’re looking at snowshoes, you’ll see there are a few different types to choose from. 

You might want snowshoes tailored for walking on the frozen lake nearby or you may simply want to hike up your favorite mountain. Or, take it easy and walk down a regular snow trail.

Before you go out, make sure the weather won’t be too bad especially if it’s your first time.

A Dog’s Snowshoeing Accessories

Before you and your dog hike into the great outdoors, be certain to check the rules and regulations of place you’re choosing. 

There are some places that aren’t dog-friendly, and you don’t want to get in trouble. That won’t make for a fun experience.

You should consider your dog’s health and fitness level before choosing your destination. 

Pick somewhere both you and your dog will feel comfortable. And, don’t choose anything too strenuous if you and/or your dog have never done this before.

Even though it’s cold outside, your dog (and you) will still need to remain hydrated. Don’t forget the water.

Does your dog need a coat, too? Remember, if you’re cold there’s a good chance he’s cold. An insulated dog jacket could make a significant difference in your trip.

As we talked about earlier in the year, those dog booties also come in handy. We don’t want our dog’s paw pads to freeze. Grab those winter boots for your pup.

Stay Safe while Snowshoeing: Dog and Human

As with any hiking excursion, always let someone know where you’re going. 

There are many people who go out wandering without letting people know where they’re going and end up lost somewhere. 

If you are gone too long, and happen to get lost, people will know where to find you (approximately) and you’ll have help on the way much quicker.

Stay aware of your surroundings. The wilderness is beautiful, but you should remain alert for yourself and your furry companion.

Finally, prepare for the unexpected. 

You can’t never be ‘overprepared’ when going on a hiking trip. 

Don’t worry so much your trip is stressful. Just be sure you have packed all the essentials: extra food, extra water, an emergency kit, a compass, and a GPS if you have one.

Let’s Go Snowshoeing!

We highly recommend you dig deeper into this if you’re interested in this activity with your dog. 

We want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible and don’t want you to take on any activity you or your dog are not ready for.

As long as you’re prepared and ready for your adventure, you’ll have a wonderful time together snowshoeing and exploring the beauty of Earth with your furry companion.

Most importantly- have fun!

Happy New Year from PetKey!

Happy New Year from all of us here at PetKey!