By Mara Brown – Master Dog Behaviorist
If our dogs had a favorite season, I think Spring would be it. Although every day to a dog is THE BEST DAY EVER, there is something special about spring … the freshness of a new season, longer days and the promise of wonderful new adventures.
Spring is also a good time to do a refresh. Notice if your dog’s collar is fitting correctly. They may have lost or gained a pound or two since it was new. You should only be able to put 2 two fingers between the collar (or the harness) and your dog’s fur. If it is too loose, they can slip out of it. If it is too tight it can cut off your dog’s circulation, or at worst, dig into and create a laceration in your dog’s skin.
Also, check to see if the material the collar or harness is made out of has become frayed or faded. This is especially important if your dog’s information is written on it. Check your dog’s ID tag to ensure that you can still make out your phone number and your dog’s name. And be sure that the information on your dog’s microchip is up to date. Have you moved? Changed your phone number? Be sure the microchip company has all your current information.
Have a look at your dog’s old bones and toys. Should they be thrown out? Are they starting to fray? Are the buttons used for nose or eyes on the toys coming loose? Is stuffing becoming visible? These are choking hazards.
As we embark upon a new season with longer days and great walks, our dogs may need a refresher on their manners. It is no fun if your dog is the one walking you, knocking you off balance or pulling your arm out of its perfectly good socket. To ensure your dog can put their best paws forward as they enter into Spring, hire them the best Doggy Life Coach, Master Dog Behaviorist Mara Brown.
She will help your dog to remember their best manners and have the BEST SPRING EVER! Contact Mara at www.LifeCoachingForDogs.com or call 310 467-2334.