Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Teach Your Dog To Wipe His Paws This Spring!

The struggle is real. We as pet owners know it well.... muddy paws!  That's right - adorable little paw prints turn not so adorable when they are tracked all through your house, onto your furniture and everywhere else you can imagine. So what do you do? While there are several ways to clean those furry toes before coming inside (which I will share on my upcoming post this Friday at 4knines.com ) one of my favs would definitely be teaching your dog to wipe his own paws at the door. I hear you asking... but how? Lets go!

How to teach your dog to wipe his paws:

  • To start, you simply need a towel, treats and your pooch! - A blanket will work as well
  • Place the towel on the floor by your dog. If necessary, place a small treat under the towel.
  • Draw his attention to the the towel by tapping your finger there, or whatever works best for you.
  • Wait until your dog places his paws on the towel. Even the slightest touch to the towel with his paw, quickly praise and treat. (Or click and treat if you do clicker training)
  • Continue this until he realizes that he gets a yummy treat every time his paws touch the towel.

- Side note: do not rush your dog to catch on. Take your time, and break it down into short training sessions once a day if need be.

Once your dog understands the concept of the towel, its time to change it up a bit.
Your going to want to advance him on how he is touching the towel with his paws.
What I mean by that is, no more treats for simply touching the towel. Now you have to get him to paw at the towel AKA scratch at the towel. Your dog should catch onto this quickly because he will begin to wonder why he's not getting a treat for simply touching the towel now, so he should be a bit more vigorous with his paws on the towel in order to get what he wants. This is exactly what you want to happen. Once he shows more paw movement on the towel, praise (click) and treat with an extra yummy high value treat.

Once again, take your time, this may take more than one training session.

KEY INFO - always use the word "wipe" or "wipe your paws" the second he touches his paws to the towel.

Remember - ignore anything else he does with the towel at this point. He may try to roll on it, sit on it, nose at it... ignore all of it until he goes nuts on it with those paws!!! Reward him like never before!! Repeat the process as much as you can while it is still fun for both of you.

Now, you are well on your way to a cleaner floor!
Take that same towel, and place it on top of the mat you wish him to wipe his feet on in the end.
Continue your training in this spot. When you think he's ready, remove the towel and use the mat!
If he doesn't understand, put the towel back and let him learn at his own speed. Remove towel again the next day.

An important thing to remember is not to only use this training on rainy muddy days. You want to keep this fresh in his mind, so teach him to wipe those paws every time he comes in from a potty break!

Some people tend to skip the towel and teach on a floor mat to begin with, which can work, however I find using a towel he can move around with his paws seems to keep their attention better during the first part of training this trick.

That's it, thats all! Good luck with your training!

If you have anything to add, or any questions, please feel free to ask me in the comment section!

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Along with co hosts: Bionic Basil, and Barking From The Bayou
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Monday, 20 March 2017

Winter Memories

Spring is here! Some may be thrilled..... not so much my huskies. They do enjoy the warm weather, but for them, there is nothing better than playing in that majestic white snow!
Today i'll keep it short and sweet. We wanted to parade some of our fun husky snow photos while keeping in line with Flashback Friday as well. So I hope you enjoy some of our past memories in the snow!

There you have it! Some fun snow memories as we welcome in the warm spring weather!
Thanks for coming by!

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Sitting In Vaio Heaven

Hiya everyone and happy weekend!!!

A couple days ago I got some fan-tabulous news! I'm not sure many of you knew, but a few months ago my entire laptop crashed. The same laptop that I blogged with every day, the same laptop that held every single one of my photos, my files, everything. And I mean everything! I was stuck with a tablet that refused to load half of what I was trying to do. Talk about frustrating. UGH! I thought I had lost everything for good. And see... I am one of those people who never thought that would happen, and didn't bother backing up my files, or my photos. That was a mistake... I was crushed.

However - I found my hero! The guys at Apollo Computers here in my town saved the day. It took them a bit, but they were finally able to recover my files, replace my hard-drive, and voila! Mama's got her Vaio back! ;)

Now if I can just convince Lexus to get her paws off of it!
I think she's trying to tell me something.... probably saying hey mom, if u don't get back to blogging now that you have your laptop back, i'll do it for you!!!

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Sofa Wars - Husky VS Cat

The struggle is real...

If you live in a multiple pet house, you can probably relate to today's post.
I wanted to relive an older post today for you guys as part of our Flashback Friday and Pet Parade blog hops. This post was so much fun to put together, and capturing the images I will be sharing was twice as fun! You'll see why in a moment, and let me tell you... the struggle is real.

As most of you know, I have 3 cats and 3 huskies. All of which enjoy snoozing on our sofa. And while they do share the space, and always end up snuggling together, I thought it would be fun to create sort of a funny scenario/ short story out of the photos I had.

It was a dark and cozy evening...

Lexus had been sleeping comfortably, when suddenly she was rudely awakened.

She found herself surrounded by cat paws gripping onto her furry face. She quickly looked over at me with a mixture of disbelief and shock in her ice blue eyes.
She wasn't sire what to do next. Should she get off the sofa? Should she attempt to move the cat? Or should she give in to temptation and get cozy with Winter the cat by her side?

Giving me one last look of confusion, she decided that Winter looked much too adorable, and cozy to move him. So she gave in, and fell fast asleep.

The next night...

Lexus was heading to her spot on the sofa, when she spotted something so outrageous, so shocking, that all she could do for a moment, was stand and stare.

She realized that because of her lenience with Winter on the sofa the night before, there were now TWO cats in HER spot, on HER blanket! She was stunned.

She looked at me once again with disbelief in her ice blue eyes and wondered why on earth I would be letting this happen. She had no choice but to do some quick thinking. So she called on some backup! She needed the assistance of her brother and sister.

Into the living room they came, running with tails held high. Gave a quick "arooooo" and the kittes scattered. They took their spots on the couch, and realized they had won the sofa wars.

Or did they...

 Fiercely glaring back at the huskies who stole the sofa, Winter thought to himself that will indeed have his revenge.

Later that night...

Winter decided to leave a present in the huskies food bowl in return for their thievery.

The End.

OK seriously, how much fun was that? BOL!
As I mentioned above, this story is 100% fictional. All of my fur babies snuggle together on the couch every night together, happily!!

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