Category Archives: Helpful Hints for Dogs

Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day

I once commented to my boss about how I would love a job where I could take my dog to work. She told me to try it. That was over two decades ago and I have had dogs at work ever since.

A positive experience is a must, or you may not get permission to bring your dog again.

Preparation is key:

  • Get permission from your boss!
  • Only bring a well-trained, calm and friendly dog.Dog sitting at computer
  • Bring a bed, water dish, treats and a few toys. A crate is also a good idea—especially if you might have to leave your dog alone for short periods. A baby gate may also be helpful to keep your dog in your office.
  • Put out a dog treat jar where strangers are likely to meet your dog. I work at a very small company, and the mail lady suggested this trick. My dog learned to love the mail lady, the UPS delivery guy and anyone who entered.
  • If there are other dogs at work introduce them and make sure they get along or keep them separate. For years we had a “warehouse” dog and an “office” dog, since my “office” dog didn’t like the other.
  • Plan time for dog walks and find a potty area. Your dog will feel stressed and need some outside time. I used to walk my dog at lunch time around the block and take her outside for a potty break every two hours—a total of three breaks each day. These walks helped me de-stress too.
  • Make sure your dog will not bark when you are on the phone or in a meeting. My first dog was good, while my second one barked a lot. I tried squirting her with water from a spray bottle, then using diluted Listerine when water alone didn’t work (recommended by a dog trainer). Neither of these worked. I finally had to resort to a no-bark collar when she was at work. I didn’t like the idea, but it was the only way I could keep her quiet. She eventually learned and I no longer needed it.
  • Be ready to clean up after your dog with baggies, paper towels and rug cleaner solution. Even well-trained dogs can have accidents in new situations, or she could spit up.
  • You will need to spend some time with your dog during work, praising and petting, and giving her something to do. So don’t plan to bring your dog on a very hectic day.
  • Make sure your work area is free of hazards such as loose wires; things she could trip over and damage; chemicals she could get into, etc.
  • You may want to bring your dog on a short day to see how she does. It could be a very long and unproductive day if it goes badly.
  • Don’t be nervous. Your dog will pick up on your cues and this could increase her stress causing her to bark, scratch at doors or cause damage.

By following the tips above with a lot of planning and preparation you should have a good day—and if you’re lucky, she’ll be welcomed back.

The best scenario is to bring your dog to work every day. I did for two decades and it strengthened the bond between us and with my colleagues.

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Help Your Puppy Sleep through the Night

When Cassie arrived at our house at just under 8 weeks of age, she woke me up every night, whining and scratching at her cage. I thought she had to pee, so I’d carry her out into the frozen backyard. Cassie refused paper training, having been house broken before I adopted her.

To warm her up, I’d put her under the covers in my bed with me for a few minutes before placing her back in her cage­­—a big mistake I know. But she was a tiny puppy and needed comforting. Every night, like clockwork, she’d wake me up. I expected this for the first week or two, but when it dragged on for a month, I wondered what was going on. Continue reading

Place your arm between your dogs fron limbs for added support.

How to Properly Carry a Dog

Cassie, my Springer Spaniel, never liked my boss ever since he tried to pick her up incorrectly when he first met her.  He placed his hands around her upper back by squeezing her chest under her front legs (the armpit method).  Cassie jumped away from him and never let him even attempt to pick her up again.  Although there may have been other reasons that she disliked him, her first impression stuck after that attempt to pick her up. Continue reading

Is My Dog Too Hot?

Taffy, my sister Karen’s 14 year-old cocker spaniel, panted with rapid shallow breaths.  Something was wrong with the old dog.  Taffy refused to go outside or eat treats although she drank a bit of fresh water. Karen thought Taffy was suffering from the heat since it was a very warm day in northern California.  But it had been this hot before and Taffy hadn’t had any problems. Continue reading

The GingerLead Dog Sling – A must have for dog owners

When I saw the GingerLead displayed at the recent BlogPaws conference, I knew I had to have one. The GingerLead is a padded sling to support the rear end for all sizes of dogs.

You might think, “My dog doesn’t have any problem with his back legs.  Why would I need this? “

You just never know. Continue reading

Dogs, Herbicides, and Weeds, Oh My!

The weeds, the dandelions─yuck.  Should I spray an herbicide?  But what about my dogs?  How can I do this safely?   So I usually put it off until the weeds get the better of me and I just have to spray them and try to keep my dogs off of the lawn for a day, or at least try.  Most herbicides state, ‘safe’ for pets after it has dried. But are they? Here is what my research uncovered: Continue reading

Yuck, what’s in my dog’s mouth!

I yanked hard at Chipper’s leash as he grabbed a mouthful of something. “Drop it,” I commanded as he tried to swallow the big solid piece. Grabbing his collar, I put my gloved hand into his mouth and pulled it out–something sausage-like, dark brown and smelly. You guessed it a poopsicle—a frozen dog turd. Continue reading