October is the month of changes and Halloween. Some people like getting “scared” with the goblins, ghosts, and horrible monsters. Scared cats and dogs are just that — scared!
Our pets don’t understand why people are dressed funny, wear masks, and try to scare them. For many pets it is a time of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. Pets don’t understand Halloween and can be afraid.
What does fear feel like? Imagine getting a dreaded phone call or dropping your dog’s leash and losing him.
School has started. Schedules change.
What is changing in your life and your pet’s life?
- Are your schedules changing from being home during the summer to going back to school?
- Is your pet’s best buddy going off to college or moving into an apartment?
- Did your work schedule change and you are working different times?
- Do you have new activities – sports, meetings, scouts – and won’t be home for your pet?
- Other changes include new member of family (human or animal), death in family or a friend (human or animal), change in employment, moving, finances, etc.
Although these changes may not affect you, the changes may be confusing to your pet.
What do you do with a 10-week old puppy suffers from dog car sickness? Kallie lives in Alaska and has long rides in her future. Doris LaMagdeleine Ruckoldt of Palmer, Alaska wasn’t sure how to help Kallie and asked Animal Bridges for help. Every weekend they travel back to Palmer from Anchorage.
She wrote “I was wondering would you have a suggestion on something I can help Kallie with for her motion sickness? I know people say to ease her into the car rides but I didn’t have time for that when I brought her home.”
“She was showing all the signs of car sickness & stress [dog car sickness]. On my way back to Anchorage on the 4th [of July], I covered only part of her kennel, which was in the front seat of the truck. I had to stop about 12 miles from town to clean up her kennel & her because she had throw up a few times.”
Katie has trained dogs in the Twin Cities for over 30 years and is a wealth of knowledge. She does not use treats as rewards in training. She believes you are the treats/reward for you dogs! Katie’s shows are lively and full of wonderful information.
Andy, a 8-year old Mini Dachshund, found his forever home with Dana Eichert of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Andy has congestive heart failure (CHF) causing poor circulation, lack of energy, restlessness, and coughing.
Also Andy is a dog terrified of thunderstorms. Dana wrote, “He shakes and pants when it is storming. He also goes under the bed or asks to be held tight. I was told not to use the Thundershirt because of his CHF. I do use Rescue Remedy, which seems to work a bit.”
This article was featured in The K9 Reporter as “Making Life Easier for Your Senior Dog.” Here additional resources are included that were omitted due to lack of space. You’ll find lots of tips for easing your senior dog’s life.
Are you noticing changes in your senior dog? Is the muzzle getting whiter? Does she walk slower now? Does he have a hard time getting into the car or walking the stairs? I remember when Boomer, my wheaten terrier, started slowly aging. He lived a great life of over 14 years and taught me a lot of living with an older dog.
Here are some of the tips I learned from Boomer and my client’s older dogs.
Wondering what to do when you are traveling with pet?
We took a vacation with Hobbes, our Wheaten Terrier, in our convertible from Minneapolis, MN to Michigan. As I prepared for the trip I realized our trip would be different from just a human vacation. I wanted Hobbes to enjoy the trip too and included him as much as possible.
Here are my tips of traveling with pet:
The following testimonial was posted on Animal Bridges’ Facebook Fan Page:
Isabel came to me from a Cocker Spaniel rescue, where she had spent two years. Evidently she was just too shy to have made a good impression on potential adopters, because she was terrified and miserable, and spent her time hiding, hoping not to be seen. After a year, she gained confidence in me, but was still fearful of almost everything else – especially people.
I was recently moved to write the following recommendation on LinkedIn for Elaine Garley, of Animal Bridges. She does animal communication, animal healing touch, TTouch therapy and works with Bach Flower Remedies. The following chronicles the progress she’s helped us make with our newest adoptee, Oliver I wanted those of you who aren’t on LinkedIn to hear of her services, too.—Sid