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Calming Your Dog During Thunderstorms and Fireworks

 

Thunderstorms and fireworks can be daunting to a dog.  Here are some great tips to help your dog cope through these difficult periods by Jupiter, Florida Dog Trainer, Carol Harris who is an ABCDT Certified Dog Trainer and an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator.

Fear of thunderstorms, fireworks and other loud noises is common in puppies and dogs. Because we can’t control these outside events, it is important to do as much as we can to control our dog’s indoor environment during the frightening events.

Prepare by having things ready to decrease his stress level. Products are available to relieve stress and fear. These include calming collars, sprays and atomizers containing DAP (dog appeasing pheromones); snug wraps such as the Thundershirt; hemp oil, also called CBD oil; anti-stress tablets, chewies; and various holistic anti-stress compounds These products are helpful to many dogs and are worth trying. Your vet may prescribe medication for severe stress and anxiety.

Play music or TV to cover the scary sounds. If you can, stay at home and speak to your dog in a comforting voice to reassure him. Stress is contagious, so be calm.

When the storm (or fireworks) starts, immediately give very special treats to your dog every time you hear the thunder/fireworks. Timing is critical – put the treat at the dog’s mouth the instant the noise starts. This is counter-conditioning the dog to believe that thunder and fireworks bring treats! The noise becomes less scary, more rewarding. The dog becomes less frightened and less stressed.

Sometimes you may not be able to catch your dog for treats before he runs to his favorite safe hiding place. Some frightened dogs go under a bed or chair, others go to their crate, or any place that seems safe. If your dog has a special “safe place” in your home, where he seeks shelter, allow him to go there.Forcing your dog to come out will increase his stress and fear. Instead, take his favorite toy, or a stuffed Kong type toy, or a bully stick to his shelter. He may be too stressed to enjoy it during the storm or fireworks but can have it when he feels better. If your dog doesn’t have a safe place, you can try creating one by covering his crate with a blanket to block lightening, fireworks, and thunder, and placing the crate in a dark, quiet spot that your dog likes. An alternative is to put your dog’s bed or mat in a dark quiet place, with his water, a favorite toy. Check on him often to comfort and reassure him.

For further inquiries, Carol Harris can be reached at

561-254-8988

www.carolharrisdogtraining.com

carol@carolharrisdogtraining.com

Dog suffers from thunderstorm and fireworks anxiety

An Interview with Dudley Beagle in Jupiter, FL

Dudley Beagle enjoying his dog walk in Jupiter, FL

Dudley Beagle on his walk!

What a handsome beagle he is!

This happy boy just had some carrots and green beans!

Yes, June, where is my treat?

 

   Enjoy the interview!

Q        Dudley, what is your favorite food?     

A        You know I am a beagle, I love everything I can get my hands on! 

But I love my green beans and pumpkin as these are bulk foods and keep my tummy full so I don’t get fat!

Q       What are my favorite treats? 

A        Love pumpkin, pineapple and carrots.

Q       Tell us about your Thanksgiving. 

A       Well, pet sitter June stays over at my house and spoils me with lots of love, treats,  long walks, and games.   Love her!

Q       What games does she play?    

A       One game she plays is hide the treat.  She puts the treats in different places in both the backyard and in the house. When they are all placed, she says, “Dudley, go, on your hunt!”  So, I put my nose to the ground and I find them.  I always look forward to this game!  It is so much fun hunting, having all those scents to look forward to.  And yes, I get lots of treats too!  Ha! Ha!

Q       What are your favorite activities?

A        You know I am a beagle, so I love to hunt, put my nose to the ground.  But love to walk with my Dad everyday!  We take lots of long walks; love them!

Q         What would be your perfect day?

A          That is easy, that it would be raining Beagles!  Having lots of scents around so I could put my nose to the ground and find a prize!

Q         Dudley, what is the lesson of this interview?

A.        I am so grateful that my Dad takes me on long walks and feeds me well, so I stay healthy and lean.  And yes, my Dad stays healthy too by those long walks on beautiful Tequesta Drive.

 

Jupiter Dog Walking

 

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Dogs love to be walked in the morning the afternoon and night

  • Are you too busy and over worked to break away from the office?
  • Are you concerned your dog is not getting the walks that he or she deserves?

We would love to walk your dog or dogs!  You can arrange morning, midday and evening dog walks with us.  President Max-well’s Pet Services understands that you are busy and we want to accommodate yours and your dog’s needs by giving them a walk.  Jupiter has some nice places to walk dogs, as we are blessed to have beautiful neighborhoods and nice nature preserves.  

What we do for the walk?  

  • Walk your dog
  • Fresh water
  • Send you texts and updates
  • Treat if you want
  • Play time, if there is time available.

We also love puppies and we want to be part of that experience as well.  We love to watch them grow!  Yes, they need potty breaks too!  

Book with us today.  We know you are busy so we are now offering online billing and scheduling.

Jupiter Pet Sitting

Jupiter pet sittingDid you know that President Max-well’s Pet Services offers pet sitting in Jupiter, and takes care of other pets than dogs?  

We take care of

  • Cats, guinea pigs, small birds, fish, and rabbits!  
  • We come over and feed
  • Clean the cage or litter box
  •  Add fresh water and food.  Playtime too!  
  • We also bring in the mail, newspaper, turn on the lights, give treats and lots of loving too!  
  • Walk through your house to see if there are any maintenance issues.
  • We do this all in the comfort of your own home!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hungry Bowl ™ Pet Supply Drive Supporting Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic in Jupiter, FL is a success!

 

Hungry Bowl Donations

Hungry Bowl ™ Pet Supply Drive supporting Furry Friends in Jupiter, FL hosted by President Max-well’s Pet Services is a success. Now, the drum roll of the tally:

  • 46 Cans of Dog Food
  • 8 Bags of Dry Dog Food
  • 100 cans of Cat Food
  • 1 Bag of Dry Cat Food
  • 1 Cat Litter
  • 22 Harnesses
  • 15 Leashes
  • 4 Chockers
  • 88 Collars
  • 155 Toys (including Kong Toys)
  • 11 Dog & Cat Treats
  • 15 Cleaners
  • 7 Paper Goods
  • 2 Home Depot Gift Cards
  • 8 Kong Treats
  • 3 Beds
  • 5 Other
  • 30 Sheets & Towels

We thank the following businesses who were drop off locations: Animal Medical Center of Jupiter, Healthe Pets Market, Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Woof Gang Bakery Abacoa, Seabreeze Publications, Bala Boutique, Seacoast Bank Jupiter & Tequesta Branches Burrito Brothers & BBQ in Jupiter, and Styles by Nicole.

President Max-well’s Pet Services appreciates the community support for making this Pet Supply Drive for Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic.

About us:

President Max-well’s Pet Services, LLC is located in the beautiful Town of Jupiter, Florida. We offer a variety of services to include: Daily and mid-day dog walks, Pet sitting, cat sitting, and overnight stays in the comfort of your own home. Are you going out of town or cannot make it home early enough due to an office or business meeting, call President Max-well’s Pet Services for your pet care needs. 561-827-7298 and june@presidentmaxwellspetservices.com .