It’s a nightmare come true, you’ve come home and there’s a hole in your fence or the gate is open and banging against the fence after being blown open. The heart wrenching panic begins to set in as you frantically check the back yard whistling and calling your dog’s name. An oppressing silence settles over your ears as they strain for any sound of claws clacking on the street or the panting of your best friend happily running back with a happy grin on their face seeing you home. But no, no claws, no panting; your dog has officially run away or become lost and is scared and alone.

Why do dogs run away?

Prey Instincts:
There are several triggers to cause a dog to run. Some have a prey instinct that causes them to chase squirrels, cats, birds, or other dogs. For some dogs it is so strong that they will dig under or climb over fences in order to continue their chase.
Environmental factors:
If the wind does manage to blow open a gate, the chances are it was a very strong wind …

The fourth and final video, “Big New Play Area” concludes Cooper’s adventure in our “Cooper: Pooch on the Loose” series. In the first video, Cooper’s Mom was less than thrilled to find that Cooper had escaped and even more annoyed that she had to drag him back home. In the second video, we learned that Cooper’s Mom made good on her threat to order a wireless fence and installed the fence while Cooper watched. In the third episode, we saw that Cooper learned to stay away from those “bad flags” and enjoy playing and rolling within the confines of his backyard. Is Cooper a changed pup, respecting his new boundaries, or will the old Cooper surface again?

Check out the final video and be sure to “sniff around” our site… especially if you have your own “Cooper” to contain!…

Cool Training Tips for Cold Days – Train your Dog Indoors

It’s still cold here in Pennsylvania and even though it’s looking to warm up, there is still rain on the horizon. Don’t let this dreary weather rain on your progress with your canine companion. There are plenty of ways to train your dog indoors that will entertain and stimulate him, both physically and mentally, making for a healthier living situation.

Confined Spaces? No Problem!

You don’t need acres and acres of space to train your dog. Simple commands such as “sit”, “stay” and “down” are simple enough to do in tight quarters. Already know the basics? Bump it up a notch and see if you can teach him a more difficult trick or challenge him in a different way.

Sit, Stay… stay… stay…

Challenge your dog to “stay” for longer periods of time. First teach him to stay, both while you’re near him and when you walk away. Once he is comfortable staying with you in another room, slowly increase the length of time before you call him and reward his behavior. Remember: increase …

No Pet Left Behind: Natural Disaster Preparation

Whether it’s a blizzard, hurricane, tornado or earthquake, natural disasters can happen with little to no notice. Most families who live in areas where these events are common, have developed a procedure for how to handle, prepare and survive the disaster, but not all families remember to make an emergency plan or kit for their animal companions. There are four key time periods to consider when planning for your pet.

Before the Disaster:

There are a few key things to have in place before there is even a storm warning on the horizon. First and foremost is to have your pet ID tagged. I would suggest having both a physical tag attached to your dog’s collar and also a microchip implanted under the skin. Having both methods of identification ensures your companion has the very best chance of being returned to you in the event of separation.
An emergency bag needs to be compiled as well. It should contain similar items you would consider for yourself: Enough food for 4-5 days, at least a gallon of fresh clean …

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