Thursday, October 22, 2015
The following article was taken from http://littlethings.com
Monday, March 9, 2015
After about 15 minutes I was beginning to lose resolve when finally, thankfully, she did her business. First it was #1 which brought a smile to my face, and then after a few more minutes, #2 happened. At that point, I gave her the biggest, happiest hug I could, and then we both bolted for the warmth of the house.
She's been fine ever since. But if I hadn't taken the time and been patient enough to walk her through this, it may have gotten completely out of hand. The rule of thumb here is, if you're going to work with your pet on training, make sure you have the time to dedicate to it. Training her right before your dinner is ready, or your favorite TV show comes on, or before you have to leave for work isn't fair to your either of you. You'll be setting yourselves up for failure because when you lack time, you will probably lack patience. Train when you have time, train when you're not in a rush. I guarantee the time you spend will be worthwhile in the long run.
Until next time!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
For those of you looking for a really nice dog park with wonderful woods, miles of trails and vast open spaces, try McLaren park.
McLaren Park was opened in 1927 and is named for John McLaren, known as the Grandfather of Golden Gate Park. It is located just off 101 and is nestled at the top of the Excelsior district and contains 312 acres of open land to roam around.
You can reach the park from Mansell or Persia Avenues in the Excelsior/Portola Districts. The Park is a hidden gem in the City and is the second largest city park in San Francisco, only slightly smaller than the much busier Golden Gate Park. You'll even find the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, picnic areas, tennis courts and even a lake!
The beauty of McLaren Park is the open spaces. You'll often find yourself with a trail to yourself and parking is never an issue, even on the weekends. You'll get majestic views of the downtown area and the bay, open trails and a place where your dog can swim, run, walk or just lounge around with other park lovers.
To find out more about McLaren Park by visiting the SF Parks & Recreation site.
Enjoy the park!
Owner, Fetch! Pet Care, San Francisco
Monday, July 21, 2014
Recently, I have noticed a good number of posts on Facebook related to rescues from people who have, for one reason or another, the need to re-home their pets. Often, this is due to a misjudgement about how a pet will fit into the home, but there are also instances related to financial or health issues. Whatever the case, owners are often distraught at the thought of what might happen to their beloved pet if they can't be re-home them by a certain date. This blog post is intended to relieve that angst for many of you.
First, there are several rescue organizations dotted around the country and region setup to help address this issue. These are non-breed specific organizations like the SPCA, Wonderdog, Rocket Dog Senior Dog that can help with re-homing based solely on need and temperament. The main thing when looking at these shelters is to determine if they are a kill or no-kill shelter, which will hopefully lead you toward no-kill shelters only.
Secondly, there are breed-specific organizations that concentrate on saving specific breeds. These are very successful because they are familar with the nuances of the specific breed and can better assess if an owner and pet are a good fit based on the family's lifestyle and the type of pet they are looking for, and if they are familiar with the breed.
Although this is nowhere near a complete list, these are a few local organizations that I located online. There are many, many more organizations available for different breeds, so I suggest you check for a local rescue organization near you. Here are just a few I searched for based on my travels around the area.
German Shepherd: http://icy.tc/8yow
Jack Russell Terrier: http://icy.tc/8yox
Norwegian Elkhound: http://icy.tc/8yoy
Golden Retriever: http://icy.tc/8yoz
Labrador Retriever: http://icy.tc/8yo0
Pit Bull: http://icy.tc/8yo1
Best of luck to all of you. I wish you well in your search.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it would be important to provide some information on how to keep your pets safe and calm during all the festivities and fireworks.
This list came from the PetMD website and we encourage you to use their site as a resource for pet related health questions.
Here is their top 10 list:
10. Keep your pets indoors at all times. This is the time when pets become scared and can bolt when you're not looking, so make sure they safe, secure and can't escape toward danger.
9. Don't use non-pet approved insect repellant on your pet. This may be toxic so be sure to only use items that are approved for animal use.
8. No Alcohol for pets. This is an obvious safety tip everyone should abide by.
7. If you're going to see a fireworks display, leave your pet secured at home. Again, pets can become very frightened and run away at any point, so it's best to keep them in their own familiar surroundings so they feel safe and comfortable.
6. Make sure your pet's ID tags are up to date.
5. Keep your pet away from plastic or glow jewelry. It may look cute, but if a pet chews through the jewelry, it could cause indigestion, intestinal blockage and general discomfort for your pet.
4. NEVER use fireworks around your pet. The noise and fire is one thing, but the ashes can also burn their paws if left unattended so its never a good idea to use fireworks with or near your pets.
3. Don't give your pet table food. Particularly no beer, chocolate, onions, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt or yeast dough as these items are all toxic to pets.
2. Lighter fluid and matches are harmful to pets. Keep these out of your pets reach as these items are very toxic and a pet may get into them just because they're curious, so keep these items safe and away from pets and children.
1. Citronella is an irritant too. These items are toxins as well, and can cause severe respiratory illnesses and can also harm your pet's nervous system.
We hope you all enjoy your 4th of July holiday and that these tips help keep your pet safe and out of harms way.
Owner, Fetch! Pet Care, San Francisco