Jun 27

cool labEnjoy our best-of list of summer pet topics, with timely updates:

  • Beat the heat! Our post from last summer is loaded with tips on keeping cool.  In addition, aspca.org offers advice on protecting pets from heat stroke.  And mydogiscool.com tells you when it’s too hot to leave your pet in your car.
  • Play day:  Read our post on always-updated toy recommendations.  (Plus, we found a new recipe for a frozen Kong-smoothie.  Yum!)
  • Help Fluffy & Fido cope with the 4th of July. Fireworks & hot air balloons are unnerving for many pets.  Read our post for calming, proactive guidelines.  Contact us for more help – before your pet panics!
  • Travel plans? Don’t forget your pet!  Our travel post is loaded with good info, whether your pet is staying home or accompanying you.  And, we love petplace.com’s printable pet sitter or kennel instruction forms that you can fill out for multiple cats in your household!  (Want more?  This is our current favorite travel video.  It makes us smile, but we caution: Don’t try this @ home!)
  • How does your garden grow? With the summer heat, veggie patches are gearing up!  Teach your pet yard manners, and keep him/her safe.  See our advice.
  • Why not make everyday “Take your pet to work day”? Pet Sitters International promotes this annually, though you might have missed it last Friday.  If your workplace is pet-friendly, petplace.com offers ground rules for getting started.  (These statistics might help you campaign for a pet-friendly workplace!)  Contact us for help introducing your pet to the office & teaching office manners.  Just for fun:  Read Glenn Close’s blog on taking her dog, Jake, to the set of “Damages”.  (We love the video of Jake.)  Watch a cat-coworker  gone wrong.  And, this video gives new meaning to bring your “kid” to work!)

We wish you a fun-filled summer!  If you want to make pet training a family activity this summer, just get in touch with us.  We’d love to help!

© 2009  Critter Consulting

Jun 7

fathers-day2June’s a busy month!  Here’s what’s happening:

  • Happy Father’s Day! – We’ve got lots of great suggestions for celebrating Dad’s big day in our post from last year, as well our Mother’s Day 2009 post.
  • Circus in town – As animal lovers & positive, pet-friendly trainers, we’re saddened.  The Carson & Barnes traveling circus will be in Santa Rosa @ the Wells Fargo Center (6/8 – 6/9), then @ the Petaluma Fair Grounds (6/10-6/11).  In 1999 a videotape was released of a “training” session in which bullhooks & electric prods were used on elephants in this circus.  Folks will be protesting the treatment of elephants & other animals “trained” to perform in this circus.  Local animal welfare groups are speaking out & standing up.  Read the Press Democrat article and the SCHS’s info on the circus & how you can protest.  Want to know more about the emotional lives of elephants? Watch this touching video of the bond between Tarra the elephant & Bella the dog from the Elephant Sanctuary in TN.  And read “When Elephants Weep:  the Emotional Lives of Animals” by Masson & McCarthy.
  • Dog Bite Prevention week (5/17 – 5/23/09).  But we think every week is bite prevention week!  Listen to Dr. Bonnie Beaver discuss bite prevention techniques.  Read Andrea Arden’s article on the American Humane Association’s (AHA) new dog-bite prevention program for kids age 7 years & younger called:  “American Humane KIDS: Kids Interacting with Dogs Safely”.  Visit the AHA’s store for teaching materials for the kids in your life.  Plus, we have lots of goodies on kids & pet safety on our reading list, including free materials to download!
  • June is “Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat” month because so many kittens are born in the spring & end up in shelters.   The American Humane Association (AHA) and the ASPCA both offer tips on adopting & reasons to adopt.  Check your local shelters for animals in need of a home.  And don’t hesitate to contact us.  We can help you consider:  characteristics to look for in your new pet; compatibility with your current pets; and how to introduce a new pet to resident pets.

Just for dad:  We found some cute videos of guys “exercising” with their pets (dog & cat!).  As always, we’re here to help you have a well-mannered family pet!

© 2009 CritterConsulting