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Dog Groomer Accused of Murdering Maltese

Filed under: Dog Life,Dog Newsmtest on September 12th, 2013

No one expects to pick up the phone and hear their veterinarian tell them that their healthy dog they dropped off to the clinic’s dog groomer is on oxygen and not “in good condition,” but that’s exactly what happened to Barbara Calhoun last week.

Barbara and her husband, Bill, of Springfield, Mo. took their 3 ½ year old Maltese, Darby, to a groomer at their veterinary clinic that Darby had seen twice before.

When they got to the vet’s office, they asked, “‘What happened?  What happened?’ and the doctor said, ‘Well, she was thrown against the wall,’” Barbara told KSPR 33 News.

The Calhoun’s arrived at Spring Valley Veterinary Hospital just before Darby slipped away.

The veterinarian claims that Darby, who had not had a history of aggression, bit the groomer as she reached into the cage. The groomer reacted; throwing the 8-pound dog against a wall, inflicting serious enough injuries that she could not be saved.

“I laid down on the floor and I just screamed,” Barbara told reporters, crying as she relived the incident in her mind.

The groomer, who has not been named in media accounts, was fired Thursday morning.

“I know she felt horrible immediately.  She regretted it tremendously,” said Dr. Ted Betzen, who owns the clinic. “I’m not going to condone what she did; she did overreact. You can understand it but you can’t excuse it.  It’s inexcusable what she did.”

The Calhoun’s cannot understand it, forget it, or right now, forgive it. The couple is having trouble sleeping, Barbara says. They’re having trouble eating without their little furball under the table. And they’re calling their dog’s death ‘murder.’

“Why, why?” The Calhoun’s asked.  “She said she feared for her life so [she] threw her, and I don’t know, feared for a life from a little eight-pound dog?”

As of last week, the health department, which handles such cases, had not been called.

Maltese are not typically high strung dogs and many people are wondering on social media if Darby was afraid of the groomer for some reason and bit the groomer out of fear.

What’s of concern is that this groomer could get another job working with animals, since Missouri does not require licensing of pet groomers.

Leaving your 4-legged furkid with a groomer is a risky proposition, you’re entrusting the care of your baby, in some cases, to people with very little experience or formal training and no license.

This past summer, we  reported on a dog named Bodie, who was lost from a grooming shop in California. According to Bodie’s Facebook page, it appears the dog was never located.

It’s of the utmost importance pet parents ask many questions of potential groomers. Pet360 has put together a comprehensive list of things you should ask a groomer before leaving your pet with them.

Editor’s Note: Photo of Darby from Bill and Barbara Calhoun.

This article was originally published on partner site Pet360.com

Miranda Lambert Helps Save 40 Dogs

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Rescuemtest on September 12th, 2013

It’s always a good thing when famous people use their celebrity to help our four-legged kids in need. This past weekend, Miranda Lambert was not only a country music star, but was the star for more than 40 shelter dogs that were adopted at an event she headlined in Oklahoma.

Lambert, who is the founder of the MuttNation Foundation, an organization that helps homeless pets, teamed up with the Tishomingo Animal Shelter as part of the Dog Days of Summer event.

The singer not only showed up to the event and handed out hot dogs, snow cones and other goodies to dog fair-goers, she helped promote the adopt-a-thon via social media.

Miranda Lambert

Lambert’s tweeted, “Come on people I can’t take all these dogs home! Look at this match made in heaven,” and posted a photo of a child holding his new puppy.

Shelter workers even named a couple of the dogs after country singers Brette Eldredge and Blake Shelton. “Hey @blakeshelton you just got adopted! “Blake and the boys”!  Lambert tweeted.

At the end of the day, when more than 40 dogs had went home to their forever homes, Lambert tweeted with a photo, “Ok. Shutting up about it now! I’m just so excited! But talk about “SHORT & SWEET.”

Thanks to Miranda Lambert for putting her money towards a good cause and not only contributing to help homeless animals, but really getting personally involved in the city she calls home.

Editor’s Note: Photo from Miranda Lambert’s Twitter page.

This article was originally published on partner site Pet360.com

Yoga for the Dogs (Doga)

Filed under: Dog Health,Dog Lifemtest on August 15th, 2013

Yoga for Dogs

People have been practicing Yoga for thousands of years. But there are now even yoga classes for dogs!

The practice of Yoga has evolved over the centuries, passed on from one teacher to another, incorporating each individual’s unique experience and approach. The American Yoga Association estimates that there are over 100 different schools of Yoga. Yoga (the Sanskrit word for “union”) combines meditation, breathing, and exercise to improve physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.

Now dog lovers have their own school – Doga. Sometimes referred to as “Yoga for dogs,” Doga is really more than that. It is a way to incorporate our best friends into the practice of Yoga, creating a meaningful bonding experience for both humans and canines. And really, who could do “Downward Dog” better than, well, a dog?

So are you and your dog ready to give Doga a try? Here are a few things for prospective “Dogis” to consider:

Why Do Doga?

Doga is good for you.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the health benefits of Yoga include stress reduction, weight loss, and improved all-around fitness. It can also help manage chronic health conditions and reduce heart rate and blood pressure.

Doga is good for your dog.

San Francisco-based Doga instructor Anne Appleby notes that Doga can help calm down young, anxious dogs, and help with hip problems in older dogs. Her own 10-pound dog, Madison, “gets a message and calms down. It also helps to open her lungs.”

Doga stretches can help increase mobility and decrease stiffness in dogs with joint problems. A Doga class can provide great socialization for dogs, too, helping some of the shy ones to come out of their shell.

Doga is a fun bonding experience.

Appleby says, “Doga is a fabulous way to bond with your pet. There’s lots of expressive eye contact … my students and dogs come in all excited and leave in a Zen state.”

Brenda Bryan, author of Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi, agrees. “We get so busy with work and everything else, we don’t always take time to focus on our dogs,” she says. A Doga class is a great way to do just that, by stretching and massaging them, breathing with them, and letting everything go except your relationship with your dog.

Dogs are natural “Dogis.”

Since dogs are pack animals, they are innately suited for Yoga’s emphasis on unity and connection with others. They are also naturally flexible – what dog owner has not seen their dog comfortably snoozing while curled up like a pretzel?

That being said, Doga isn’t about forcing the dog into poses. Rather, the dog can be gently stretched and massaged by their person. They can also provide extra weight to help the human partner extend further in their own stretches.

Can My Dog Do Doga?

Yes! Dogs of any age and size can do Doga, although it may be easier to start when they’re younger. Small dogs work well, says Appleby, “because you can do more with them.” But don’t leave your Rottweiler at home! Appleby says, “big dogs can take you into a deep stretch, as you can use them as anchors.”

Do I Need Any Experience?

Opinions differ from instructor to instructor. Some, like Appleby, feel that a few introductory Doga classes for the owner are essential. Others, like Bryan, welcome novices and experienced Yogis alike. In fact, Bryan says, sometimes the more experienced students are so concerned with doing the poses perfectly, that they miss out on some of the joys of Doga.

How Do I Choose an Instructor?

One thing to keep in mind is that Doga instructors are not required to complete certification, so quality and content vary from class to class. The most important thing is to find a teacher that you like — after all, Doga should be a joyous time for you and your dog.

“It’s important to let go of any preconceptions and have fun,” says Bryan, who teaches Doga in Seattle, Washington. “Doga is different from Yoga. It’s a fun class and we laugh a lot.”

It may be easier to find classes in larger metropolitan areas. If there are no Doga classes in your area, or if you’re just nervous about going to your first class, a book like Bryan’s can help you get started with Doga exercises you can practice at home.

This article was originally published on partner site Pet360.com.

DogTripping: Cross Country Rescue

Filed under: Dog News,Travel & Leisuremtest on August 15th, 2013

by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

If you’ve ever traveled with one or two of your pooches, you know that it can be a challenge. You have to find places to walk them and if you’re camping out, places to feed and take breaks.

Imagine traveling across country with 25 dogs, 3 RVs and 11 volunteers.

That’s how David Rosenfelt and Debbie Myers moved their band of rescues in 2011 from California to Maine, where they retired.

Rosenfelt, who is a mystery novel writer, penned the non-fiction book, “Dogtripping” about the adventure.

The trip required lots of planning and Rosenfelt wrote, “it made the D-day invasion look like a spur-of-the-moment decision.”

Rosenfelt sat down for a telephone interview with Today and told them that it took 200 feet of portable plastic fencing, which they set up on every stop so the dogs could get out and do their business.

The trip, no doubt, was difficult, but the couple received help from 11 volunteers who were complete strangers to Rosenfelt and Myers until the trip. The volunteers flew from all over the country to take part in a cross-country journey.

Some were fans, others simply dog lovers, but all were up for the copious amounts of poop, drool, pee and other bodily fluids that 25 dogs can produce in a five day cross-country trek.

The couple is not new to the rescue world. They established the Tara Foundation rescue in the mid-90s where they remove dogs from shelters, mostly golden retrievers. However, some of the dogs they remove are mixed breeds.

The Tara Foundation rescue is named after their first golden retriever, Tara, whom they call “The Greatest Dog in the History of the World.” Through the rescue, the couple’s main focus is removing large breed dogs from shelters because the adoption rate is generally lower for larger dogs.

The couple routinely spends $30,000 on veterinarian bills each year, $1,000 per month on food and they administer sometimes up to 80 pills per day to dogs for their various geriatric ailments.

“It takes really special people to adopt elderly dogs, and it takes really, really special people to adopt elderly big dogs,” Cindy Spodek Dickey, one of the volunteers who went on the trip, told Today.

“I mean, if you have any qualms with dog farts, pee, poop, drool and other bodily fluids, then this was not the trip for you,” said Spodek Dickey, president of a marketing and advertising agency in Seattle, who also volunteered for the trip.

“But those dogs! They’d have these huge smiles on their faces. You rarely get to experience love and joy like that. … Every living thing deserves a wonderful life. The world’s a better place because of people like David and Debbie.”

The couple is now settled in Maine where they now have 21 dogs on their property, which Rosenfelt described as so beautiful that it’s like waking up in a Folger’s commercial.

The volunteers who all went on the trip bonded so well that they gave themselves a name, the “merry band of lunatics,” and they hope the book is optioned for a movie.

Editor’s Note: Photo of Rosenfelt as he tells the dogs not to shed in the RVs before the trip from St. Martin’s Press.

What is the largest group of pets you’ve traveled with, have you made a cross country move with your furry kids?

This article was originally published on partner site Pet360.com.

Study Shows Dogs Yawn After Owners

Filed under: Ages & Stages,Dog Behavior,Dog Healthmtest on August 13th, 2013

by Courtney Temple

Have you ever noticed once someone yawns, you suddenly feel the urge to yawn, too? Better yet, have you ever noticed your dog yawning immediately after you do? If so, you’re not alone.

According to NBC News, a new study conducted by a research team at the University of Tokyo revealed that dogs tend to yawn after their owners. The study concluded that the dogs were more sensitive to yawns from their owners rather than from strangers.

The researchers tested a total of 25 dogs, including Pit Bulls, Papillons, and Poodles. Two cameras were used to record the responses of the dogs while their owners called the dog’s name followed by a yawn, or the owner yawned after making direct eye contact with their canine.

Read More: All About American Pit Bull Terriers

The research team measured the heart rates of the yawning puppies and adults, and concluded that the heart rates were stable. The results showed that the yawning response from the dogs was a sign of empathy and not related to anxiety or distress.

“Our results show that the emotional bond between people and their dogs is reciprocal,” says Teresa Romero, an animal behavior researcher at the University of Tokyo who conducted the analysis.

This isn’t the first study that tested the yawning patterns in dogs. Back in 2008, biologists in Britain showed that yawns were contagious between humans and their canines.

This behavior trend has been observed in other animals, including chimpanzees, bonobo monkeys, and gelada baboons.

All we know for sure is that we can now say that our furry friends know exactly how we feel.

What do you think of this new study? Did you ever notice your dog yawning right after you? Please leave your comment in the section below.

This article was originally published on partner site Pet360.com.

Sad Goodbye to a Senior Foster Dog

Filed under: Dog Health,Dog Lifemtest on August 13th, 2013

The following is a heartfelt letter from Pet360’s Community Manger, Rebecca Braglio, to her dog, Finn, who recently passed away.

Dear Finn,

This morning when I sat down on the couch to drink my morning coffee, I looked for you to pick you up and put you next to me, per our usual morning routine. To cuddle and snooze, with your belly full of breakfast while I drank my coffee and watched the morning news.

And then I remembered. You aren’t here anymore.

When I brought you home as my foster dog, I knew you were a senior dog with health issues. I knew our time together was limited. I just didn’t expect it to come so soon.

It happened too quickly and without any warning. You weren’t acting like yourself, but I didn’t attribute it to anything serious. When you collapsed at 4 am, it was the scariest and most awful thing I’ve ever seen. You laid there frozen, eyes open, and I felt for a heartbeat. I can’t get that image out of my head. Carrying you into the emergency room, my heart was pounding because I knew that I was unable to afford any significant testing or treatment that might be offered. Deep down in my heart, I knew that I would be going home alone.

When we said goodbye, I held you in my arms. I think it was the most you’d ever let me pet you. I made them take you away from me immediately, because I just couldn’t endure it any longer. Now, I regret not having held you a little longer and telling you this:

I made a promise to you when I took you in. You would never see a shelter again. You would never live on the street again. You would never go hungry or thirsty. You were going to find out just how amazing life could be.

And, in turn, you showed me how much love a senior pet could give. You showed me that just because you were elderly, you could still snuggle and play bow and give lots of tail wags. You taught me that aggression comes from fear and I will never judge a person with an aggressive pet ever again.

I will forever miss:

Your play bows.

Your raspy, incessant barks for breakfast or when you needed to tell me that the cats were getting into something.

Your snaggletooth (one of the 3 teeth that you had left).

How ridiculously excited you got over car rides.

How you would paw at me to pet you, and then try to bite me when I did.

How you would bark at every passing car and try to chase it down the street.

How your little legs would shake when you ate a frozen treat.

I hope the love and comfort that I gave you during our short time together was enough to make up for the years of neglect and abuse that you endured. I hope that, while you were with me, you wanted for nothing.

I love you Finn, and I hope that being with me made up for having suffered through a life not worth living.

Love,

Rebecca

Rest in Peace little guy.

Finn: August 1, 2013

This article was originally published on partner site Pet360.com

Dog Named Psycho Saves 2 Girls

Filed under: Dog Behavior,Dog Newsmtest on August 13th, 2013

A dog named Psycho might have earned the name he was given this past week when he saved a little girl in his family from a striking rattlesnake.

The incident happened in the border town of Hueco Tanks, Texas when Maya Delarosa was making mud pies with her sister. “I hear a hiss and a rattle and I look down and there’s a snake,” Maya told KTSM 9 News.

Luckily for the sisters, Maya’s grandmother’s ten pound Chihuahua-poodle mix, Psycho, came to their rescue, getting between the girls and the snake just before it struck.

The bite landed on Psycho’s eyelid instead of on the girls. “I love my little dog… I mean he saved her life,” Martha Rodriguez, Psycho’s mom, told KTSM reporters.

Venomous snake bites in small dogs can be very dangerous. However, Dr. Vickie Dashley treated Psycho with an anti-venom vaccine and it appears that Psycho, who is being a hailed a hero, is going to be ok.

“He’s just got a lot of swelling around that eye. We won’t know for sure until the swelling has gone down but we think the eye is going to be saveable (sic),” Dr. Dashley says.

Dogs in rattlesnake country can get a vaccine in advance of a bite. Dog parents should discuss the vaccine with their veterinarian if they feel their dogs might be suspect able to rattlesnake bites.

Editor’s Note: Photo of Psycho from the KTSM Facebook page.

Do you live in rattlesnake country and does your dog receive the vaccine?

This article was originally published on partner site Pet360.com.

Helping Homeless Dogs in L.A.

Filed under: Celebrity Dogs,Dog Life,Dog Newsmtest on August 13th, 2013

by Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Living and practicing in Los Angeles provides me many opportunities to go to charitable pet events. Some are super fancy and include the red carpet and “step and repeat,” while others have a more grassroots sensibility. Regardless, the animal welfare organizations involved or hosting these events have the best interests of dogs and cats in mind while partying for a good cause.

Helping Homeless Animals in L.A.

Recently, I attended Mission PAWSible II at King King in Hollywood, CA. The second annual event was a partnership between Animal Advocates Alliance (AAA) and Charity Buzz, which strives to “raise critically needed dollars to fund programs to benefit homeless animals in Los Angeles.”

Astoundingly, “approximately 75,000 healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized in Los Angeles County each year simply because there are too many animals and too few homes.”

PAWSible

AAA seeks to “reduce the euthanasia rate through its humane education and rescue/adoption programs.” These programs include providing humane education in local schools with an emphasis on spay/neuter, hosting mobile shelter adoptions, and rescuing animals that have been abused, neglected and/or are at risk of euthanasia.”

AAA has made positive changes in LA’s Baldwin Park shelter with the plan to do so at other area shelters, including “free dog training and humane education classes, as well as subsidized spay/neuter services.”

A Night for a Good Cause

The event was rocking to the slick beats of DJ Sky Nellor. We also got to hear the live musical stylings of the interestingly named group Dynamite Beat Puppy (DBP). The event was emceed by the hilarious Paula Bel, who kept us clutching our sides with her quick witted humor.

PAWSible Band

The whole point of a soiree like Mission PAWSible II is to raise much-needed funds so that AAA can continue to help pets in need. That’s where pet lovers and philanthropists on a local and worldwide basis can make a difference in funding AAA’s programs.

If you’re feeling generous, you can still make a financial contribution. I donated my services in the form of a veterinary holistic house-call consultation to the Charity Buzz auction. I look forward to learning who my new client and patient will be.

At these kind of events, a variety of unique business connections can be made (yet again, all for a good cause).

100% of proceeds from the auction will be used to subsidize AAA’s programs. Additionally, each donor will be individually recognized on the online auction website and/or at the live auction event.

Make sure to check out some of the fun photos from Mission PAWSible II. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.

This article was originally posted on partner site Pet360.com

Expert Wisdom for New Dog Owners

Filed under: Dog Behavior,Dog Lifemtest on August 5th, 2013

As you prepare to bring a dog into your home — be it a squirmy, eight-week-old pup or a wiser, eight-year-old rescue — there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind from the moment you decide to adopt. We’ve asked an expert share some tips and wisdom for new dog owners that’ll have you ready for your new addition in no time.

Do Your Prep

Becoming a first class dog owner begins before you even set foot in a shelter. Most people don’t consider the prep work they’ll need to do before picking out an animal, said Kristen Collins, a behaviorist with the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team. Pick up supplies you’ll need in advance and be sure to set up a cozy area for your dog before they come home. This place will be where they’ll go to relax when you’re not at home and should include some durable toys, edible chews and items that’ll be safe for your dog to play with by herself. Put their bed and crate in the area and pick up a baby gate to section it off when you’re away, Collins said.

It’s also important to discuss some basic house rules for training your pup with your partner or family members before bringing one home. Will she be allowed on the furniture? Where will she sleep? You’ll want to control your dog’s behavior from the start, Collins said, so make sure you agree on what is acceptable and what isn’t from day one.

Look into obedience classes before you bring your pup home so that once you have her, you’ll be ready to train from the start. If you’re interested in getting a puppy, socialization will be especially important during your first few weeks together, Collins said.

The First Few Weeks

As exciting as the first few days can be, many new dog owners set their dogs up for separation anxiety, something they may not even realize. People usually decide to adopt a pet over the weekend, Collins said, and spend every moment of their first few days showering their new animal with affection. When they resume their normal schedules, their dogs are faced with a sudden change in routine and can become very anxious. Prevent this anxiety by leaving your dog alone with a fun toy for a few minutes from the first day you bring her home.

Some people also believe that a new dog should only spend time with its family so that it gets used to being with you. While it’s true that you shouldn’t have large groups of people over all at once, you don’t need to keep visitors away until you’ve formed a new bond, Collins said. The best thing you can do is have a few friends or family members visit early on and allow your dog to socialize with them.

As mentioned, you’ll want to have consistency with training from the beginning, but its important to focus on positive training. There should be no need for yelling or physical punishment, Collins said, and you should set yourself up as a leader by asking for good behavior when doing even the simplest things like preparing to go outside or eat dinner.

Finally, the best thing you can do with dogs of every age is start from square one with training. Some new pet parents think bringing home an older dog will mean they’ve already been house trained, which could be very far from the truth. Shelter dogs come from very different backgrounds with a variety of histories, and the places they’ve been staying prior to coming home with you may not have had the resources to keep up house training, Collins said.

“Take your dog out a lot at the beginning and treat them for going outside. This sets your dog up to succeed,” she said. “If you assume or pretend like they don’t know, you’re likely to avoid mistakes that might become habits.”

Dog Training Tips to Keep in Mind

If you’ve got your heart set on bringing home a puppy, remember that they’ll require much more work than an adult dog, Collins said. No matter where you get them from, they’ll take a significant amount of time and energy to house train and socialize properly. Where an older dog may need a refresher on the basics, a puppy will need to learn everything from scratch.

Providing your dog with lots of physical and mental exercise is a must-do for new owners as they begin to feel out their dog’s personality. A tired dog is a good dog, Collins said, so be sure to provide them with lots of mental and physical stimulation throughout the day.

Keep yourself educated about your animal so that you’re able to head off behavioral issues from the get-go, Collins said. Pick up a few books on puppy training or participate in a variety of training and agility classes to strengthen the bond with your pet and teach you both some extremely useful lessons. The most important thing you can do, though? Enjoy yourself!

“Make memories, take pictures, and find new things to do together,” Collins said. “There’s a reason why dogs are called man’s best friend.”

This article was originally published on Pet360.com.

Canine Etiquette Tips for the Summer Season

Filed under: Dog Behavior,Dog Life,Dog Trainingmtest on August 5th, 2013

by Charlotte Reed

In 2007, I wrote “The Miss Fido Manners Complete Book of Dog Etiquette.”  The book demonstrates that well-mannered people and their well-mannered pets are more pleasant to be around, are treated better by everyone, and get invited to more places including restaurants, parties, vacation homes and more.  This is especially true during the summer season – so I decided to provide you with a cheat sheet or crash course in summer pet etiquette.  Here are eight tips to polishyour pet performance in the summer’s heat when manners have a tendency to get lost in the pack.

Walking the Dog Walk. Use a four or six foot leash for control walking.  Use a retractable leashin the park so that your pet can romp and run ahead.

Doggy Doos. Be kind to others by always picking up after your dog using a plastic bag that can be tied or sealed to contain the unpleasant odor.  Deposit in appropriate waste receptacles.

Help Keep Your Neighborhood Beautiful. Neighborhood residents spend many hours and dollars keeping their community looking good.  Give’ em a break.  Keep your pet from out of neighbor’s front laws.  Your dog could tramp delicate flowers, and his “fertilizer” is not the kind that residents wish to see or smell!

Meet and Greet. Although it is always fun to meet and greet new pet parents and their charges, do so politely and carefully.  Ask other dog owners if their dog is friendly before allowing the canines to approach and sniff each other.

Make friends not enemies. Be on your best behavior by bringing a healthy, parasite-free and social dog to the dog run. While at the dog park, never reprimand or give food to another person’s canine.  Most importantly, don’t bring toys to the dog park unless you want to share them or don’t mind them being destroyed.

Eating out. We all love to eat outside when the weather gets warmer, so why shouldn’t your dog?   Show consideration for others; take your dog to a restaurant only if she is not going to bark for attention, beg for food, and generally annoy other patrons. And don’t expect your waiter to service your pet.  Bring your pet’s own accoutrements like portable water  and food bowls.  Leave at least a 20% tip for those waiters who provide excellent, pet-friendly service to you.

Be a Good Guest. When visiting family and friends in the beach, don’t assume a weekend invitation is for you and your dog.  Call and confirm that your four-legged friend is a welcome addition and that she can enjoy herself without creating stress for you, your hosts or their other invited guests.  Travel with a housebroken dog, bring all pet supplies necessary, and take care that nothing in your host’s home is destroyed, broken or covered in fur during your stay.  Also, just in case, find out the name of a local pet sitter or dog kennel by visiting the websites of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, Pet Sitters International or the American Boarding Kennel Association.  Within 24 hours of your departure, send a thank you card from both of you.

Travel with social graces. When staying at a hotel, make cleaning up after your pet as easy as possible for yourself, your pet and the housekeeping staff.  Feed your pooch in the bathroom so that messes can be easily wiped off the tile floor, and carry some moist towelettes in your luggage to wipe up the crumbs or slobber.  Keep your pet in the crate when housekeeping is cleaning up your room.  If your dog likes to sleep with you in bed, bring an extra sheet or blanket to prevent shedding or soiling on the linens.  Most importantly, when you check out make sure you leave your room like you found it when you arrived – intact!

Look presentable. If you are worried that you and your pet may not be as presentable as you should be, take your dog to the groomer for a good summer haircut and bone up on your manners in obedience class.   Ask your veterinarian for recommendations of canine professionals in your neighborhood.

So, whether taking your pooch for long walk to explore a new neighborhood or retreating to the beach for the weekend, being out and about more means being mindful of your manners. Remember that you and your pet are goodwill ambassadors for dogs and their owners.  Obeying local health ordinances (i.e., pooper scooper, licensing and leash laws) and having a clean, well-mannered pet is a great way to make a favorable impression.

This article was originally published on Pet360.com.

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