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Do you have a summer vacation planned? What about your dog?

May 13th, 2015 by

Are you planning a summer vacation with the family? Many of us like to take nice vacations in the summer and we look forward to it for a long time. We plan everything out so no detail is missed, no excursion over looked. However, how many of us take the time to think about what the family dog is going to be doing while we are on vacation? If your dog is not going with you, where is he/she going to stay? Do you have a trusted care provider where your dog will have adequate play time and exercise? If not, have you checked into places? Have you done some familiarization with your dog so that when you take him or her there, the dog’s stress level will be minimized?

For many, thoughts like this never come to mind. Often people think, “oh, she’ll be fine. It’s only for a week/10 days/2 weeks.” In my opinion, this is doing your dog a huge disservice. If your dog is not at all familiar with this place you have selected, your fun family vacation will be quite stressful for your dog.

Planning Less Stress For Your Dog

So what can you do to help make your vacation less stressful for your dog? I recommend planning some very short stays for your dog. This will give your dog some practice in eating and sleeping away from home. The more you “practice” this, the more comfortable your dog will become. In addition, when your dog sees that you come back for him/her each time you drop them off they’ll know you’ll be back again in the future, too.

After these short “practice” stays and you bring your dog home, look for signs of stress by observing his/her behavior. If all seems in order, then schedule a couple more “practice” stays of varying length prior to your vacation. Again, the more you practice this “skill” the happier your dog will be when the time comes for your family vacation.

Timing is Everything

Now is the time to plan your dog’s “staycation” while you take your vacation. Give yourself plenty of time to get comfortable with the operation of our facility. Try to plan several practice overnight visits prior to going which will, in turn, make your dog feel more and more comfortable and thereby reducing his or her stress while you are out of town.

About the author- Julie Nelson is the owner of Paws In Time dog daycare and boarding centers in Oswego and West Chicago/Batavia. Julie’s entire life has been dedicated to the care of dogs through training and offering state-of-the-art services to over 2,000 clients. For more information, go to www.pawsintime.net or find Paws In Time on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pawsintimepetresort

Crate Training Your Dog for Home and the Car

February 19th, 2015 by

Dog safety, traveling with dogs, dog care, dog training

Dogs like to feel safe and they feel safest when they know where they belong. They are not at their best without clear, well-defined rules and clear cut boundaries. This is the why factor for the value of crate training your dog. So, to crate train your dog, and to use the crate throughout the dog’s lifetime, you are providing the dog with a safe place to rest and a safe place to be in your home… as well as your car.

Dogs appreciate consistency. A crate speaks well to being consistent. You keep it in the same place, you keep the same bedding in it and you always ask the dog to be in it to sleep or to ride in the car. Your dog will learn to trust that you are providing a safe place for them to be and this will reduce the dog’s overall stress.

When your dog is a puppy, it is a good idea to crate train to help facilitate potty training more quickly and easily. Much like a baby or small child who gets put to bed for naps and at bedtime, you put the dog in a crate to sleep at night or for naps during the day. When you put the dog into the crate, say “Good boy/girl”, give the dog a small treat, close the door and walk away. At first the dog will whine and carry on but as long as they have eaten, exercised and gone potty, their needs are met and it is time to take a nap. The whining and crying will stop shortly. Shortly may be a relative term when you are hearing the whining, but be patient and don’t give in, the life-long benefits are worth it by keeping them in the crate. Leave the puppy to sleep for a nap or through the night. Your first exercise upon coming out of the crate is to go outside for potty.

In the car, you want to follow the same procedure. It is recommended to keep a crate in your car for the dog, complete with the bedding, so the crate is always ready to go. The crate should be in the back if you drive an SUV, or safely in the back seat of your car, never in the front seat for the same reason you don’t put children there. This will help the dog to avoid motion sickness caused by being able to see out the windows and watching things going flying by. Like us in the car, the dog should be safely restrained.

The car is not another play place. It should be taken seriously and the dog should be in the crate and away from you as you drive. Even if the dog is whining etc. while in the crate, ignore this behavior. It will only take a short time for the dog to figure out that being in the car means going in the crate and being quiet.

If your dog is older and not crate trained for your home or car, it is recommended at the very least training him/her to travel safely in a crate in the car. Having your dog safely contained in a crate will allow everyone to safely enter and exit the vehicle without incident with the dog. It also helps to reinforce rules and boundaries for the dog which are consistent and very believable. This will also help to minimize damage to your car as the dog will be safe in its crate when you stop and have to exit the car for brief periods, and of course, never leave your dog in the car without proper ventilation. Always remember… when taking longer trips with your dog, it is important to get the dog out to walk periodically. The dog needs to relieve itself , too, and should be given the opportunity to drink water.

A dog with clear set boundaries and rules will be a happy dog, making your life with him or her rewarding for everyone.  Crate training should be a key part of this.

About the author- Julie Nelson is the owner of Paws In Time dog daycare and boarding centers in Oswego and West Chicago/Batavia. Julie’s entire life has been dedicated to the care of dogs through training and offering state-of-the-art services to over 2,000 clients.

Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Car

February 10th, 2015 by
dog safety in cars

Dogs Travel Happily and Safely In A Crate

Do you wear a seatbelt? I’m sure you do for a few reasons, right? First of all it’s a law, written to protect people from flying around in the event of an accident. Secondly, we wear seatbelts because we are having more fun being alive then dead, right? Having a seatbelt on when you are going somewhere does not diminish your enthusiasm about going in the car, does it? In fact, if you are like me, I feel weird if I get to the end of the driveway without having my seatbelt on. It is simply part of going in the car.

This brings me then to the point of this article. If you are willing to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones while in the car, why are you not protecting your dog when in the car? To be truly safe, your dog should travel in a crate in the back seat, or the rear of the vehicle if you travel in a van or SUV. I cannot tell you the number of people I have known over the years who have thought they were letting the dog have fun while in the car, they open a window and allow the dog loose in the car. The dog seems to be happy and loving life as it hangs its head out the open window taking in all the scents coming its way until a small flying object kicked up from another car hits the dog in the eye. Even a spec of sand can do damage and now you are at the emergency vet as opposed to running your errands on a busy Saturday afternoon. Your dog will have suffered damage to the eye at the very least if not having lost the eye all together.

I have also known many people in the same situation with the dog loving life, enjoying the scenery as life passes them by and all of a sudden the car they are traveling in suddenly turns to the left sending the dog flying out the open window. If the dog survives a fall like this, you will be lucky. The injuries will likely be extensive and certainly could have been easily avoided.

Finally consider this…you own a small breed dog and your dog is loose in the car because you think it is having a good time running all around the car while you are driving. Talk about driving distracted!!! So, you are driving along and the dog comes up on your lap to see you and you suddenly get in an accident, the airbag deploys at 300 mph in a millisecond. This fantastic safety device meant to protect you has just needlessly killed your dog and seriously injured you as well. And don’t think your dog is safe in the passenger seat either, the passenger side airbag will kill your dog there too, and it comes out even faster than the driver side because it is coming from the dash rather than the steering wheel. This entire scenario happens daily and can easily be avoided.

How do you avoid these needless injuries or possible death of your family pet? Train your dog to ride quietly in a crate in the car. See more HERE in Cesar the Dog Whisperer’s blog. Many car manufacturers also make gates to fit across the back seats in SUVs, thereby keeping your dog safely in the rear of the car. When traveling in a more contained and safe manner your dog will be protected as best you can and will have a much better chance of surviving a crash. In the same manner that your joy in traveling in the car is not diminished by having to wear a seatbelt, your dog will not dislike the car because he is in a crate. Watch for a future article on properly training your dog to ride in a crate.

About the author- Julie Nelson is the owner of Paws In Time dog daycare and boarding centers in Oswego and West Chicago/Batavia. Julie’s entire life has been dedicated to the care of dogs through training and offering state-of-the-art services to over 2,000 clients.

New Puppy on a Walk

August 28th, 2014 by

Q: I have a new puppy and when I take him for a walk, he wants to run up to all of the dogs in the neighborhood. Is this a good idea?

A: This is not a good idea for several reasons. The question to ask yourself is this: what do you want your dog doing for the rest of its life? What you do with your dog even as a puppy is what he thinks he will be allowed to do for the rest of his life. So if what you want is a dog who runs wildly up to every person and dog when you are on a walk then you SHOULD allow him to do it as a puppy. However, if what you would like as your dog matures is a nice dog behaving calmly of a leash then start to show the puppy right from the start what you expect.

Often times people think that when they have a puppy, they need to “socialize” the dog. So they set out to walk the neighborhood with the puppy and, of course, everyone wants to come up to the puppy to greet it. Now as a little puppy, of course it isn’t offensive when he jumps on the people. But remember that what you allow the puppy to do as a puppy, he will think he can do all through his life. So stress that they not pet your puppy unless all four paws are on the ground. If there is a dog on a leash with your neighbor, do not allow your puppy to rush up to greet the other dog. Rather teach your puppy that when he is on a leash, he is working and is not to go up to the other dogs. Believe me that by following this protocol, you will be much happier NOT having to break you dog of rushing up to other dogs and people later in life when he is no longer a cute, little puppy.

Thanks for asking!

Julie Nelson

De-shed Program

October 28th, 2013 by

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Our groomers offer a de-shed program which many clients have found to be very helpful with keeping the hair tumbleweeds under control. The program consists of three grooming appointments scheduled two weeks apart. All three appointments are scheduled and paid for up front. When you schedule the appointments, you receive a 15% discount on the total for all three. The process the girls go through really is effective in keeping the shedding under control.

Many people imagine that their dog is more comfortable and will shed less if they shave the dog’s hair. This is a fallacy. The hair of the dog is intended to be an insulator both in the winter and the summer. In the summer, think of it a little bit like sunscreen. When the dog does not have all of their hair, the sun beats down on the dog directly and their natural defense against the damaging sun is minimized. As the person or family living with a shedding dog, I understand that the hair tumbleweeds can become almost too much. My best recommendation to you is to consider a more regular grooming at the very least even for the labs. They shed too. If you have questions about the de-shed program or would like to make your dog’s reservations, please give the office a call and we will set it all up for you.

Additionally once you shave a dog, you have changed the actual structure of the hair and it does not grow back in the same texture. Often you can tell a dog that has been shaved over and over because the hair will be quite fuzzy. So to help maintain the integrity of the actual hair and to keep shedding under control, you may want to give some consideration to the de-shedding program.

Frontline and heartworm tests and preventative

October 28th, 2013 by

The ticks are very bad already this year so please make sure you have your dog on some type of flea and tick preventa-tive. If you use Frontline Plus, we carry it here and are more then happy to help you with it. It does not matter to me what you use but please use something. If your dog comes to play or board and is found to have fleas, we will be giving your dog a flea bath immediately and a Frontline application. You will be charged for it that day. There is no exception to this.

Wags and Wellness

October 28th, 2013 by

On June 8, Paws In Time will be participating in an event sponsored by Naperville Area Humane Society. called Wags and Wellness Event. It is from 1:00-5:00pm at Seager Park, 1163 Plank Road, Naperville. Along with us, there will also be fitness experts, health screenings, doggy yoga, massage, Reiki, Frisbee dog demonstrations and mini boot camp sessions. So come for a fun afternoon at Seager Park with your dog. We would love to see you.

Air Conditioning

October 28th, 2013 by

This entire building is air conditioned and heated so do not worry about your summer boarding reservations. The air conditioning is on at night and the building is nice and cool.

2014 Class Schedule

October 28th, 2013 by

(all classes are $225 per dog)

Advanced Class 1/7/14-2/25/14

Puppy/Beginner Class 4/1-5/6

Intermediate Class 5/27-7/1

Advanced Class 7/22-9/9

Puppy/Beginner Class 9/30-11/4

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Basic Class Description

All classes Tuesday evening 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Puppy Class—minimum age 16 weeks—no max age, skill level be-ginner, will learn basic commands of sit, down, stay, come and heel. Class is 6 weeks long. Each night will consist of 15 minutes of play, 30 minutes of class and end with 15 minutes of play. Class max = 7; duration of class = 6 weeks

Intermediate Class—minimum age 6 months, must have basic understanding of 5 basic commands, will add in 1 minute sit/down and distance commands. Each task will be taught to be done on one command with treat reward. This class will begin each night w/15 minutes of play and 45 minutes of class. Class max = 7; duration of class = 6 weeks

Advanced/Adult Class—minimum age 12 months, dog must possess proficient understanding of all basic commands and must be sta-ble enough to proceed to reward training with no treats. All tasks to be done on one command, no training collars, loose leash heel, 3 minute sit/down stay. Class culminates in AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. Max class = 8, minimum class size = 4, duration of class = 8 weeks