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October is Adopt-A-Dog Month!

Besides October being a spook-tacular month, it is also the national adopt a shelter dog month! This first started in 1981 when there were a growing number of dogs in shelters. This event was founded by the American Humane Society, and is sponsored by the American Society Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA). 

Obviously the best way to celebrate this puptastic event is to head to your closest dog shelter and adopt yourself a best friend! Click here to find some pups in shelters near you! Or if you are close to us here at Shaggy Shack Pet Resort, click here to visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society website.

If you are unable to commit yourself to adopting just yet, don’t worry, you can still help! Volunteer at a dog shelter, donate to local shelters, or just post on your social media to promote awareness!

After Care for Your New Furry Friend

So you’ve picked up a sweet dog from the shelter, now what?

Well make them feel at home of course, and get them plenty of chew toys! Also, make sure your doggy has a place of its’ own, they will need a safe space to go to, especially in a new environment. 

Get Fido set up with a veterinarian for all of their regular visits, and possibly make an appointment soon after bringing them home to make sure your pup is in good health.

One more thing to do- pamper that puppy! Bring your new found friend in for the best experience in dog grooming! Let your dog feel bright, shiny, and really clean by receiving a premium service from our elite team! Click here for more info on dog grooming services Shaggy Shack has to offer.

We hope you enjoy national Adopt-a-Dog month, and we wish you a Happy Howl-oween!

5 Helpful Hints to Encourage Your Dog’s Good Behavior

Wow, thank you for coming here to read what we have to say! Now see, doesn’t that feel good? That was a little positive reinforcement for an action you took. It is no different with a dog’s behavior! Actually, it’s easier reinforcing good behavior with your puppy. 

Dogs need positive feedback to encourage the behaviors you like to see. When behaviors are rewarded, they become more likely to be repeated, and then just the natural way of living. 

We have here a few suggestions to help get you comfortable with, and in the routine of giving your dog the positive encouragement it needs!

“I’m a good boy!”
  1. Dogs are very food-driven creatures (shocking, we know). Using a treat, or a healthy snack from the kitchen when your pup does something right is an excellent start! If you are unsure what snacks in the kitchen are dog-friendly, don’t worry we have you covered! Click Here for some snacks do’s and don’ts.
  1. A simple “Good boy” or “Good girl” goes a long way! Even if your pup is lounging in their bed or on the couch, letting them know it’s good to relax will help calm them in the long-run. There is no need to over-do it here. Just let them know once with a light pat or belly rub will do just fine.
  1. Play a quick little game! Games are very similar to giving your dog a treat. When your pup does a good job at anything, playing a game will make them happy (and you) and your dog will associate that with the good behavior you are trying to reinforce!
  1. Take your dog outside! How much does your pup like to go for a walk, like really? When your dog exhibits good tendencies take them outside for a walk, or just to sniff around the yard. This is very helpful when potty training a new puppy as well!
  1. Last, but certainly not least, give your pup some quality one-on-one time. Some affection goes a long way with just about any living being you encounter, and your dog is included! You can even make your pup work for it a little first. Ask him to sit, or lay down, then give him a real good cuddle!

When using positive reinforcement, it won’t take long to keep up your dog’s good behavior and turn those into just a normal way of living for them. It is usually good to get a solid headstart with training by taking your dog to a dog training course. If you are in the Puyallup, Graham, or Spanaway areas, Click Here to look at training courses we have available to help get you and your dog on the right path to a whole lot of positive experiences together. Now, who’s a good boy? Yes you are.

Dog Training: Top 7 Reasons To Start Today

Sometimes we think that maybe we don’t actually need to train our dogs, we know what we are supposed to do right? But then later, come to find out, we were wrong. Dog training is more than just your basic sit, stay, good boy! Dog training is extremely beneficial for both your dog(s) and you! 

It is extremely important to learn the right way to communicate with your dog. That is a main reason why dog training is so common. Dogs do not communicate the same way that you or I do. But, if you still need some convincing, here are the top 7 reasons for you to start obedience training today.

Top 7 Reasons To Start Dog Training:

  1. Managing your dog is so much easier! 

When your dog has had proper basic obedience training they are more easily controlled. When I say controlled I mean their behavior. The right training can help your pup be more well behaved and it is easier for you to manage what you can expect from them! Chasing the cat down the road stops here!

  1. Your dog will be more friendly and welcome wherever you go!

If your dog is trained, and most likely going to sit to greet people or lay on the floor the two of you will be more welcome in most places. A misbehaving dog is more often than not going to have to wait outside most places you go.

3. You will build a better bond!

Dog training classes give an opportunity for you and your pup to connect with each other. Over the course of a four or six week class you both will feel a better bond, helping create a pawtastic friendship!

4. Everyone is safer!

Having control of your dog keeps everyone safe. After taking dog training courses your pup will listen to your command, and will listen when you call them out of a busy street!

5. More freedom for you and your dog!

Instead of keeping your pup strung to a leash, or locked outside or in the garage when guests are over, you and your dog have more room to play and enjoy everyone’s company. 

6. Your dog will be happier!

Let’s face it, your dog does not want to make big decisions. Actually, dogs love when you are the one in charge! They want you to be their pack master, so go ahead, show ‘em who’s boss!

7. You will be happier!

Life will be easier with a trained pup at your side; no scolding, chasing after, or apologizing to friends or acquaintances. Just cuddles, play time, and lots of treats being given! 

If you are in Puyallup, Tacoma, or Spanaway and looking to start obedience training, you are in luck! Click Here and check out Shaggy Shack’s Dog Training schedule! Or, if you would like to call for more information, go ahead and Click Here. Remember, if your dog is having a ruff go at being a good boy, dog training will help you both feel like you’ve got perfect pedigrees!

Camping With Your Dog

The Do’s and Don’ts 

Here in the Pacific Northwest, especially in the Graham and Spanaway areas, we enjoy quite a bit of camping, and camping with our dogs. With Mount Rainier so close, along with surrounding wooded areas, camping is almost a must! If you’re living in the city of Puyallup or Tacoma, maybe it’s time to get away with man’s best friend.

Now, before you run out the door, just you and your pup, let’s go over a few tips and things you will want to consider when taking your dog camping. Below is a list of basic do’s and don’ts for camping with your dog:

Do check the rules and regulations at the campground. Before taking your dog camping anywhere, make sure the campground is dog-friendly. No need to show up and find out your pup is not allowed! Check campground websites or call and ask.

Don’t forget to check in with your vet before leaving. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccines, has proper identification (microchip maybe) and possibly has an anti flea and tick treatment. 

Do brush up on obedience. Before adventuring out into the wild with Spot, it is best to solidify any obedience training. You can brush up at home, or click here to call and ask about a refresher class.

Don’t forget to pack doggy essentials! Dog food, plenty of water, a comfy bed, and loads of treats and toys are a must! Also, don’t forget a leash or a long tether and stake. You don’t need your pup wandering into other people’s campsites.

Do make sure to include a pet first aid kit. Just like us, something unexpected can happen to your pet while out in the wilderness. Keep a small first aid kit for that just-in-case situation.

Don’t let your dog become overheated! Being outside of a well air conditioned home can be a little tricky for a dog. They can become too warm if cool water, and a shaded area are not available to them. Also beware of hot pavement or paved trails near your campsite. We don’t need the puppy to have burned paws.

One thing to consider after you return from camping is how dirty everything and one is. Here at Shaggy Shack we won’t wash you up, but if you need help with your dog click here to call and schedule a post-camping groom.

Remember to be safe and HAVE FUN!

Dog daycare is more fun

Doggy Daycare- should you really consider it? The answer is YES! While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend daycare for your pets everyday, it can surely be a positive way to break up the “normal” routine.

While you are at work for 8 or more hours, your puppy can be lonely, getting into trouble, having accidents throughout the home, or feeling some serious anxiety. Daycare for your dog can actually be a solution for all of these things.

Sitting at home alone, without you there to play and cuddle with, your sweet dog will start to feel lonely. Dogs are pack animals as a general rule, so when they are not with their pack it can cause serious bouts of loneliness.
In daycare, your dog will have opportunities to play with other dogs, and even make some new friends! “Don’t worry Mom/Dad, I’ve got friends to play with while you’re away!”

A companion of loneliness is anxiety. Your special puppy has a very likely chance of feeling separation anxiety when you leave for the day. An unfortunate symptom we are all familiar with is trashing the house! A dog who has succumbed to its anxiety can chew through your couch, shoes, trash, or even the walls! Trust us, we’ve seen this ourselves.
The benefit of keeping your dog in daycare is that it will keep your pup stimulated via playing with other dogs in daycare that will keep them out of trouble, and your belongings live to see another day.

Another issue you will run into is accidents. Sometimes you don’t have time to run home and let Fluffy out for a potty break, or sometimes you just need to work late. Your doggies have no idea how long you will be gone, and can’t hold it forever (try as they might).Daycare makes this a non issue for both you and your pup.

Here in the Spanaway and Graham areas there are so many working families with fur babies, and probably need a little help keeping their dogs stimulated while away. Click Here to learn more about our doggy daycare to help spruce up your pet’s routine.
Or if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, and don’t want to worry about Fluffy, Click Here for info on overnight boarding.

Remember, if your dog is having a ruff time while you are away, try doggy daycare; they will have a pawsitively wonderful time!

Gardens and flowers with your pets!

We all know April showers bring May flowers, but which of them are safe and edible for our dogs? Now we know most of us don’t go around feeding our dogs flowers, at least we hope not. We can tell you which flowers are safe and unsafe for your fur babies. And, we will also share some vegetables you can grow for some delicious treats!

Flowers

For us humans, flowers are pretty things to smell and look at. Dogs, however, may feel the need to try a few for a tasty snack. If you are looking to plant beautiful bouquets around your yard, in the Spanaway or Puyallup Washington area, that are dog (or cat) friendly, we have a list for you:

Doggy Do’s (Safe)

Aster

Alstroemeria

Celosia

Orchids

Pansies

Petunias

Roses

Snapdragons

Sunflowers

Spider plant

Violets

Zinnia

Doggy Don’ts (Not Safe)

Aloe Vera

Amaryllis

Azalea

Begonia

Birds of Paradise

Carnation

Chrysanthemum

Daffodils

Dieffenbachia

Eucalyptus

Iris

Ivy

Snake plant

Narcissus

Oleander

Poinsettia

Sago plum

Tulips

Wisteria

Fruits and Veggies

As some of us begin to plan out our vegetable and fruit gardens, let’s consider some scrumptious dog treats we can grow!

Let’s start with some fruits are a nice little snack for our tail-wagging buddies:

Apples: This particular fruit that Washington has an abundance of is high in vitamins A and C, and is also high in fiber. Make sure to remove stem, core, and seeds before treating your pup to some sweet apples.

Blueberries: These little berries can increase the amount of antioxidants in your dog’s body, and is high in fiber and vitamin C.

Strawberries: Strawberries are full in fiber, potassium, magnesium, folic acid, and omega 3 fatty acids. Just cut the stem off and wash thoroughly and your dog will be loving life!

And now on to the vegetables:

Carrots: Carrots are high in fiber and low in calories, so they make great everyday dog treats! Plus they are fairly easy to grow, and take up little room in your garden.

Brussel Sprouts: While brussel sprouts are rich in fiber and nutrients, they can cause some gas, so feed these treats in moderation.

Sugar Snap Peas: Snap peas are a good source of fiber, protein, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus. An easy veggie to grow, and even easier to pick, wash, and both you and the puppy can enjoy!

Pumpkin: There are so many health benefits to eating pumpkin, and it is sometimes referred to as the super fruit. Cooked or canned pumpkin is the way to go here. If your dog has an upset stomach, they will thank you for the pumpkin

Spinach: Spinach is rich in iron, antioxidants, and vitamin K, nothing but good for dogs.

Stay Away From These

There are a few fruits and vegetables dogs cannot have. Some can cause liver or kidney failure, amongst other health hazards. Here is a list of organic treats you will need to keep to yourself and away from our furry friends:

Avocado, asparagus, cherries, grapes, mushrooms, onions and garlic, and tomatoes.

Luckily, the list for home-grown treats is much longer than what we can’t share with our beloved puppy dogs.

If you are looking for a special kind of treat for your doggy, click here to book a spa day! Pawdicures, shampoo and blowdry, or even a nice trim up!

Dog Flea and Tick Treatment- More Than Just Grooming

Spring Is In the Air!!

Springtime brings us flowers, bees, and sunshine, but for us pet owners spring can also bring us something a little more unpleasant- fleas. As we get closer to warmer weather and we begin to consider cat and dog grooming more regularly, we should also take into consideration how to treat our pets to keep them safe through the flea and tick season.

Flea season begins in spring, but reaches its peak in summer and fall. A flea’s life span is around 30 days, and an adult female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day. Female fleas can begin laying eggs in your dog or cat’s hair 24-36 hours after their first “blood meal”. As we get more into spring it is important to treat and prevent your pets from these nasty little bugs.

Here in your local Spanaway, Graham, or Puyallup areas, Shaggy Shack Pet Resort has an easy grooming solution for your pets’ flea troubles. We have a flea shampoo to add on to your regular pet grooming services, click here to see our rates.

Another option we use to treat and kill fleas in Frontline flea treatments. While this treatment may not prevent new fleas from jumping on to your pet, it will kill fleas within 24 hours. For a more preventative solution, consider using a flea collar to keep those pesky bugs out of your pets’ hair.

Keep your pets and you safe from fleas this year, call or book today and ask our friendly grooming staff how we can help keep your dogs and cats clean, pampered, and flea-free. Click here to contact us today!