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Teaching Your Dog Tricks

February is Dog Training Education Month. Has your pup finished his petucation yet? If not, this is a great time to show Fido something new! Read on as a local Fort Collins, CO vet offers tips on teaching your canine companion some cute tricks.

Start With Basic Doggy Obedience

All dogs should know simple commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. If your furry pal doesn’t have all of these down yet, work on these first.

Choose Tricks That Fit Fido’s Personality

All of our canine pals are unique, with their own doggy personalities. Keep this in mind when choosing tricks. For example, not all dogs fetch very well. Some will run after the object, but won’t bring it back. Others will just tilt their heads and look at you as though wondering why you threw away a perfectly good toy. Keep your pet’s personality and capabilities in mind.

Class Curriculum

Dogs don’t have very long attention spans, except perhaps when it comes to watching their human buddies cook bacon or cheeseburgers. Your furry pupil may get bored with long sessions. Keep ‘classes’ short and sweet. About 15-20 minutes at a time is fine. Also, if possible, try to work with your pet at the same time each day.

Build On Basics

Many of the more complicated dog tricks—such as fetching slippers—are built on a foundation of simpler tricks. For example, if you want to teach Fido to get your remote, start by teaching him to Fetch. Then, have him start learning the words for specific objects. Look online for step-by-step instructions.

Offer Rewards

When teaching dogs anything, it’s very important to provide positive reinforcement. Praise and compliment your pooch for doing well. Of course, snacks are also a great reward. Choose small portions, though: you don’t want to overfeed your adorable student.

Have Fun

Classic dog tricks, like Shake and Roll Over, will always be cute, but Fido can learn much more than that. You can teach your pup to Smile, Hide Your Eyes, or Play Dead. Or, if you want to teach your canine buddy something more useful, show him how to put his toys away, turn lights off and on, or get you a drink from the fridge.

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Adventures With Fido – Safety Tips for Exploring with Dogs

Do you enjoy hiking or camping? Do you like exploring new places? Your canine pal may also enjoy these things. Fido certainly makes a wonderful trail mate and camping buddy. Before heading off with your pooch, you’ll want to read these safety tips from a Fort Collins, CO veterinarian.

Vaccines

Make sure Fido is current on all vaccinations, especially rabies. You’ll also want to be sure that his tags and are current, and that he is wearing them. Otherwise, you could end up facing many problems if your canine pal comes into contact with another dog or wild animal!

Training

All dogs should know the five basic commands, which are SitStayComeHeel, and Lay Down. Make sure your pooch will obey these commands every time before taking him on any explorations. This will allow you to keep Fido from venturing into unsafe territory, approaching another dog or animal, or running off.

Fitness

Not all dogs are suited to long or strenuous hikes. Senior dogs and puppies can overheat or overexert themselves very easily. Small dogs also tire out quickly, as they have to work hard to cover ground on those cute little legs. Brachycephalic breeds, which are dogs with those cute pushed-in faces, can’t pant as effectively as other dogs. Don’t push Fido beyond his limits!

Water

Always bring water along for your canine friend. Look for collapsible plastic dishes, which can fold up small enough to fit into your wallet. These are a lot easier to carry than a regular dish! Also, try not to let Fido drink from standing water, as it may not be safe.

Parasite Prevention

Be sure to keep up on Fido’s flea and tick control, as well as heartworm prevention. Also, check your pooch for ticks after returning home, just to make sure he didn’t pick up any hitchhikers. Better safe than sorry!

Leash

We recommend keeping your pooch leashed at all times. A retractable leash will give Fido leeway to explore, but still allow you to reel him in as needed.

Manners

Don’t forget baggies for Fido’s waste! In some areas, you may be able to bury it instead, as long as it isn’t near play areas, wells, or water. Check local ordinances for details.

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, for all of Fido’s veterinary care needs!