A Blind Dog

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

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Whether you have decided to bring home a blind dog or your pet of many years has gradually lost their sight, there are several super helpful things to keep in mind for both the ease of your friend and you! 

-Try to be clear with your words and tone. In general, dogs significantly rely on our word cues and tones to determine what we are asking or warning about, as well as praising!

-Try not to sneak up on your dog by walking with fairly heavy steps. This will keep him or her from startling, as well as providing the reassurance that you’re nearby.

-Attaching bells to the collars of other household pets, or even to yourselves also helps let them know you’re coming!

-Stick to their usually routine of walking, playing, etc… going blind, or getting used to a new environment while blind can be very disorienting. Try not to make it harder!

-Purchase toys that make noise to help your pup locate them. You can also rub treats onto them, so they can sniff them out.

-Use treats to reward your pet constantly for finding an object - or heading to the door to go outside, all by themselves.

-Area rugs can help your pup identify a safe space for playing. This helps them learn to be careful when outside of the perimeters.

-Use a large plastic mat to place food and water bowls on, your pet will quickly be able to recognize where to find them.

-Help your pup “map out” the house by having them follow you around with treats. Come up with keywords that help them navigate and learn where they need to be careful.

-Use gates to block stairs/dangerous door ways

-Place a bell or chime on the back door to teach them where to go when they need to go outside.

For every environment that they enter with you, consider all of the potential obstacles and risks. Being patient and aware of your surroundings will be key to successful training and most importantly safety! Blind puppies are just as loveable as others, you just need to be prepared that they have some special needs.

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New Year / Fresh Start

Posted on January 04, 2017 by Michael Moll | 0 comments


human and dog on beach bonding

  1. Make a consistent exercise schedule for your and your pet, stick to it!
  2. Incorporate play time into your everyday routine, pets need positive stimulation.
  3. Choose a high-quality diet that is specifically tailored to your pets needs and measure out every feeding. This helps prevent diseases, malnourishment, and obesity.
  4. Teach your pet a new trick, even if he/she is old, keeps the brain strong.
  5. Brush your pet's teeth daily, preventing dental disease is key to preventing a number of associated conditions/diseases.
  6. Make your annual appointment with your pets Veterinarian to ensure they are up to date with vaccinations and disease prevention.
  7. Snuggle MORE, everyones heart benefits from that.
  8. Find time for daily grooming, brushing your pet is very therapeutic!
  9. Make sure your pet's microchip identification information is up to date, if your pet goes missing you want to ensure that they know where to find you.
  10. Learn more about body language, this will help you understand your dog better and strengthen your bond.

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Finding The Right Boarding Facility

Posted on December 28, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Boarding your pet can be a nerve racking thing to do! Especially for us owners, we worry about our fur babies when they are in our home alone all day, so when making the decision to board, asking the right questions is key. Asking these question will definitely help you determine if the facility is the right match for you and your pup.

  1. What is your play/exercise schedule like? (What is involved? Frequency? Do they cater the plan to the size of dog and its energy level?)
  2. Do the dogs get to play with each other? (Make sure that they do a personality assessment to ensure certain dogs are ok to socialize with others)  
  3. Do the dogs get fresh food and water bowls daily?
  4. If my dogs won't eat due to stress or environment change, what is the protocol? (They should have some highly digestible options on site for picky eaters, you also want to ensure that if enough time has gone by they will seek medical attention)
  5. Can i have a tour of the boarding facility? (The facility should be well lit, look clean, free of overpowering odors, comfortable bedding)
  6. How many dogs do you board at one time? (It should not look overcrowded)
  7. How often do you clean the kennels? (This should be done daily)
  8. What is your emergency protocol? (Which veterinarian do they take your dog to if necessary)
  9. Can i speak to the staff that handles the animals? (It is always nice to get a sense of personality from the people who will be handling your pups.
  10. What vaccinations are required to board here? (It should be mandatory to have the common distemper/parvovirus combo, rabies and bordetella vaccination which protects against canine kennel cough)

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Holiday Hazards List

Posted on December 07, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Here is a list of items that are commonly found around the house during the holidays that pose a number of dangers to our pups:


  1. Chocolate
  2. Desserts
  3. Onions
  4. Garlic
  5. Nuts
  6. Tukey Bones


  1. Holly
  2. Mistletoe
  3. Poinsettia
  4. Christmas Tree & Treated Water


  1. Ribbons
  2. Tinsel
  3. Electrical cords attached to the tree or other light up decorations
  4. Strings
  5. Yarn
  6. Candles
  7. Ornaments

Be careful when decorating your home for the holidays. Keep all dangerous items elevated and out of Fido's reach. When preparing for Christmas dinner, be sure to keep your pup out of the kitchen to ensure that they don't swipe any delicious items off the counter.

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Body Condition Scoring.

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Body condition scoring is a way to determine if your pup is of the appropriate size for their body. Sometimes we think that they look great, until we bring them for their annual Veterinary visit and the doctor notes that they under or overweight. Body condition scoring is a standardized way to assess an animal's size.

Scoring allows Veterinarians and owners to share information back and forth. It can be used to determine the % of body weight a pet may need to gain or loose. You can also use it to track progress along the way.

Below is a scoring chart by Hill, click this link to see the chart and descriptions close up: Hills Pet Body Scoring Chart

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Potty Training Your Puppy

Posted on November 09, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Housebreaking Do’s and Dont’s

lab puppy sniffing

Housebreaking your puppy can be a difficult time for both your new friend and your patience. It is crucial to make sure that you are understanding and positive throughout the entire process in order to keep the bond between the two of you preciousPuppies can often end up with difficulty controlling their bladders if they constantly think they will be punished or yelled at if they accidentally pee in the house. Remember, when puppies are born, much like babies, they are constantly relieving themselves. In the beginning, the mother cleans up after them, leaving no trace of urine behind. Once they are around 12 weeks of age, they need to learn how to relieve themselves in a way that doesn't drive you or your household nuts.

A puppy’s digestive tract moves very quickly. Your puppy will typically poop 30 minutes after they eat, and have to urinate shortly after that. So, pay attention to their daily schedule especially in the early stages.


  1. Find a safe location that you can familiarize your puppy with for regular potty breaks, such as a park with grassy areas. Once they have urinated or defecated there, the scent will act as a trigger for future trips outside.
  2. Coordinate a daily routine. First thing in the morning let your puppy outside, again a few minutes after eating and again every hour after that until your puppy is trained.
  3. Keep your puppy on a consistent feeding schedule to regulate his or her patterns.
  4. Stay outside with your puppy so that you can reward and praise immediately after the deed is done.
  5. STAY POSITIVE - toilet training doesn't happen overnight.


  1. Do not create a negative association with urinating and defecating (inside or outside of the house). If your puppy has an accident, simply and assertively remove the puppy from the soiled area and relocate to their safe spot outside.
  2. Do not shove your puppy’s face in his/her accident or yell, they will not understand the association between their accident and your frustration. They yet don't know what they are and are not supposed to do.

If you keep your head up, stick to a routine and keep a balanced energy your puppy will be housebroken in no time! Good luck and don’t forget to reward your new best friend with a tasty treat like Bullwrinkles Chicken Fingers!


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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Posted on October 26, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Keeping Your Dog Safe On Halloween!

Halloween dog

Hide The Treats

As we prepare for Halloween it is important to remember to find a keen hiding spot for the treats. Dog’s have a knack for finding the “good stuff”, all of it can be very dangerous if ingested. When it comes to Halloween night, be sure to place your trick-or-treat bowl somewhere far out of reach from your furry friends. Chocolate of all types is toxic to dogs. Sugar free candies can also be very dangerous as they contain xylitol which can also cause serious problems for our pups if ingested.

Costume Stress

As much fun as it is for us to dress our pup’s up in a cute or scary costume, it can sometimes bring great stress to them. If you choose to dress up your pup, make sure it is not restrictive in any way. If your pet's demeanor changes drastically (fear, panick, depression), consider skipping the costume. The designers of these costumes do not always think of the risks, make sure there aren't any pieces that can be easily chewed off creating a choking hazard.

Keep Your Pets Calm

As Halloween brings many strangers in strange costumes to the door, our pets can sometimes get stressed. Be sure to keep them in a separate room where they can relax. If your pup is very social, it is very important to make sure that he/she is wearing proper identification in case he/she decides to escape from the stressful situation.

Don't Leave Your Pets Outside

The odd prankster has been known to tease and or upset pets in the yard while walking by, to prevent your pup from getting upset or unfairly approached, keep him/her inside. Unsupervised outdoor animals are susceptible to stress, inhumane practical jokes and theft.

Keep Decorations Out Of Reach

As most pups are generally curious about anything new hanging inside or outside the home, be careful not to leave decorations in reach of your furry friend. A lot of decorations contain wire or cords that can cut or shock them.

Keep Them Busy

If your pup has a favorite chew toy or bone, use that as a tasty distraction. This way you will be including them in the treat giving while keeping them safe and calm.


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