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Why Does My Dog Refuse To Go Outside In The Rain?

rain dogIt’s pouring and your dog has to go potty. Problem is he hates the rain! Why? Most dogs do not like going out in the rain. Honestly can you blame them? Do you enjoy going out in the rain and getting wet? Well, ok, many of you here in Arizona probably welcome the chance to walk (or dance) in the rain as it is a rare occurrence for us.

3 Common Reasons Why Your Dog Doesn’t Like The Rain:

1. Thunderstorm Phobia could most definitely be a precursor to the arrival of the rain. This can cause your dog to become anxious, pace and experience excessive panting. It is not really known why dog’s sense approaching storms but it does affect them. This could cause the apprehension felt when the rain arrives, not feeling comfortable going out into it.

2. Some say that due to the sound of rain being amplified it distorts the sound waves. This distortion tends to hurt the pups ears which are already sensitive. It is believed to cause the similar effect with creation of rainbows.  Additionally, it’s believed that up to 20% of all dogs develop a phobia to sound and not just sounds like firework and Thunderstorms – rustling of leaves, ceiling fans, and the crinkle of garbage bag can bother your dog too.

3. Some dogs don’t appreciate the pelting rain hitting their bodies. This is especially true   if you have an anxious or sensitive dog. The rain can be distracting and being pelted while trying to potty can scare them.

There You Can Do To Comfort Your Pup:

By trying these things, you can make going out in the rain a more tolerable and maybe eventually enjoyable experience:

- Go out with them. You being with your dog (anywhere) boosts his confidence and makes him feel safe. Don’t just open the door and tell him to go out, join him.

- Try using an umbrella. This will keep him dry and keep the tapping rain from hitting his body. You can’t go wrong with an umbrella. There are even these fantastic little umbrellas that attach to your dog’s harness!

- Rain gear is very helpful for some dogs. If your dog likes wearing sweaters, boots and clothing give this a try. Again it will keep him dry and he can accomplish hi business.

- Stick cotton balls in their ears This has been known to help cut down on the loudness of the rain to them.

In any case, just keep in mind that we Arizonaians might be doing a rain dance, but many pets are on a bladder strike until it passes. Leaning about how to overcome the causes of your dog not liking the rain might come in handy some day!

5 Things Your Dog Should Not Do in Public

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 5.43.41 AMMany of us consider our dog to be part of the family. We therefore often like to include Fido in our family outings. This is a wonderful thing to do as you should be socializing your dog, spending time with him and including him. However, with this comes the need to ensure your dog is being taught the proper social skills required for the public sojourns! As a responsible Pet owner you need to ensure you are doing the right thing. Below are five key points you will want to ensure your pet is trained before you hit the streets:

#1 Roam Freely.

Unless you are at a fenced in dog park, keep your dog secured by a leash. It does not matter if you have the best behaved pup on the planet. Some people are afraid or uncomfortable around dogs. You also have better control of your dog when he is leashed, which keeps your dog safe. If a dangerous situation should arise, you will be in a better position to protect your dog. Learn more about Scottsdale’s leash law.

#2 Bark Excessively.

 

Dogs bark. Fact of life. However there is a time and a place for it. Incessant barking is annoying and can be very intrusive and disruptive. Teach your dog the proper time and place for barking. Be certain that he is trained to be quiet when given the command to do so! Did you know that Scottsdale has a noise ordinance? or here are some tips from our trainer to help with this problem.

#3 Jump on Others.

It is not cute when your dog jumps on others. They are not giving them a hug, telling them they like them or any other positive attribute. It is rude for your dog to jump onto others. Most people don’t like it, other dogs won’t like it and perceive it as an act of dominance.  If your dog jumps on another dog it can cause a fight and if he jumps on people or kids, it could leave you in a terrible position especially if your dog hurts somebody. You might want to hire a dog trainer. 

#4 Go to the Bathroom wherever he wants to.

Potty Time. While there may be accidents here and there, be aware of where you dog is going to the bathroom. Pick it up. Don’t let Fido potty right next to someone laying down in a park or on the beach. Also, people are very particular about their lawns so even if you intend to pick up after your dog, it’s best to steer clear of other people’s lawns.  Always be respectful of others around you. Besides, in many cities you can receive a heavy fine if you do not pick up after your dog.

#5 Approach Strangers.

If you see your dog is bothering someone or another dog stop him. Again not everyone likes dogs. Not every dog will want your pup forcing him to play. Keep an eye on how receptive others are and pull Fido away if he is being a nuisance or the person on the receiving end of the attention appears uncomfortable. In fact, you should always ask permission before letting your dog approach anyone, adult or child. This is for their safety as well as your dog’s safety.

 

Looking for a Veterinarian In North Scottsdale?

If you are looking for a veterinarian in the North Scottsdale area, you have come to the right place!  We have gathered a list of some vets in the area that may be of interest to you.  However, it’s important to do your own research.  Always interview any pet care professional BEFORE you enlist their services! Not sure what to look for in a vet?

Here Are Some Tips To Get You Started:

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  • Are they eager to answer your questions or do they hurry you off the phone or out of their office?
  • How many veterinarians are on staff?
  • Are dogs and cats crated in separate rooms?
  • What, if any, specializations do the staff members have?  (This includes doctors, technicians and front office personnel)
  • What services are offered on site?
  • What services are not offered on site?
  • Do they provide emergency services? If not, what emergency facilities are they affiliated with?
  • What animals do they provide services for? Dogs? Cats? Exotic Pets?
  • What are the business hours?
  • What are the fees within your budget?
  • Is the office convenient to get to? Adequate parking?

North Scottsdale Animal Hospital

www.nsvet.com
15577 N Hayden Rd #1
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 368-1741
* They have offered to give you a FREE initial visit with the mention of Bella’s House & Pet Sitting! (New clients only)

VCA Paradise Valley Emergency Animal Hospital

www.vcaspecialtyvets.com
6969 E Shea Blvd #150
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 991-1845

Pima North Animal Hospital

www.pimanorth.com
8864 E Pinnacle Peak Rd
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 630-2459

Pinnacle Peak Animal Hospital

www.pinnaclepeakanimalhospital.com
23425 N Scottsdale Rd #11
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 585-7511

DC Ranch Animal Hospital

www.dcranchah.com
20875 N Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 538-8300

McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital

www.mcdowellmtnvet.com
17050 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 419-6300

North Ranch Animal Hospital

www.northranchvet.com
6245 E Bell Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 948-8445

Animal Medical & Surgical Center

www.animalmedicalandsurgical.com
17477 N 82nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 389-3012

This list is not meant to be comprehensive. There are a lot more veterinarians in North Scottsdale. They are also not listed in any particular order. If you would like to add your vet to the list, just comment below and we would be more than happy to add them to our list!

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Unless you have been living under a twig in the far nether regions of the woods, you must have heard all the fan fare about the recent boom in Food trucks. Ok, let me clarify this for you. Not the old school food trucks most of us have grown up with, I’m talking about these decked out, top of the line specialty food trucks. Many cities now hold evenings of Food Truck Night Out get-togethers. So, what could possibly top the ability to head out to the local streets and walk up to a truck and get your favorite meals? Hmmmm…wait, wait…..wait for it…..Food Trucks For Dogs! Seriously, I just cried a wee bit!

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Yes, this fairly new Fido friendly affair is hitting the streets and gaining in popularity. Several trucks dedicated “to the dogs” have been pounding the pavement for a few years already. Now gaining in popularity – we are seeing many more, especially at our local dog parks. Most recently Milo’s Kitchen, a Dog food and treat company who has been around for some time, decided to do a national tour. They traveled in a beautifully outfitted truck with all sorts of goodies for the pets from meatballs to clothes! They even took it one step further by setting up a play area for your pets while they nosh as well as a “Selfie Station” for capturing photos of the fun with you and your pooch!

I’m not even kidding, folks! And apparently, they’re not alone! Fido To Go is another hot truck hitting the streets of Chicago. They have their own website where you can find all of the amazing information.

There are several trucks who are stepping in to cater to our pets. Keep your eyes peeled – no doubt there will be some popping up in your area. Surf the web and visit your local Food Truck Night and inquire there. Or you can check out the Food Trucks in Phoenix. Maybe this new opportunity is a sign that you should jump on the food train and start up one in your area! Go Fido!!

Take a look at this NBC Nightly report where we first saw about this latest trend!

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting A Dog

buying a dogMany folks understand that exciting feeling we get when we come across a dog that we instantly fall in love. Many times this feeling of love at first sight results in a new addition to our family. However, how many of us have actually done the research and proper pre-addition planning before bringing a new puppy or dog home? That’s what I figured. Very few. The way it normally goes when we wish to add a dog to the family is “Let’s get a dog”. Or we just stumble across one somehow, for example a trip to the shelter to simply “look”. That trip usually leads to a dog coming home with us. But, once we bring the new pup home there are things that come up which we didn’t consider beforehand (but should have). Below you will find three things many pet owners WISH they knew before getting a dog.

1. House training is difficult and will try your patience.

Yup your dog will not be “pre-programmed” to know when and where to use the bathroom. This is something which comes after time, patience and plenty of guidance. It requires positive reinforcement and training. Even if you adopt an older dog who they claim is housebroken, that dog will require a refresher course when you get him home. The change in his environment, the stress of the shelter and/or being rehomed plays a part in his behavior.

2. A dog is a financial investment and can even be a financial burden if not well planned for.

Many think that their new dog, most especially a smaller one, can’t possibly cost that much to take care of. Food and a few toys right? Well nope! While having a smaller sized dog will be a little less in the food department your dog will require medical treatment, shots, activities such as toys and walks, pet sitters, pet insurance, as well as crates and beds. And heaven forbid, you have an emergency. Those costs can rack up.

We have a list of cheap dog toys you can create at home.

3. Dog ownership takes up a lot of time.

Love and Time. Please remember, you will need to spend time with your pet for their entire lives. The investment of time is often more underestimated than that of the financial investment. A dog requires almost the same amount of attention as a small child. The only difference is that a dog can be left in a crate while you are out for a few hours!. Once the novelty wears off do not toss them into the backyard. Dogs are social animals and love to be near their humans. Don’t forget they will require attention, forever.

A few times a month, I get a call from someone who is about to adopt a dog but wanted to know their pet sitting options first. I wish more people were like this! It impresses me when I receive these calls. They know that there are going to be times they have to be away from the home for business or pleasure. Pre planning the solution takes a lot of stress out of the equation!
If you don’t take the time to think about these things, you could end up being a pet parent like Kendall Jenner. My own family tried to use these excuses for me, especially the money objection, but I decided long ago that I would go without something if it were for my dog. It was a commitment I made. The rewards that one receives from these unbiased, non grudge holding beings are worth more than any tangible item money could buy.

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