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Tips for Managing Two Dogs in a House-A Great Guest Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So your favorite pooch looks lonely, or you love them so much that you want to get them a friend, or you come across a stray at a shelter and have got to give them a forever home. Any one of these scenarios, and many more, may make your household go from a one dog home to a two dog home.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, and no one will ever complain about a shelter dog finding a place to call home, but there are some things to consider. Firstly, you may think that as pack animals, dogs would just naturally get along. After all, you are just bringing home a member of the pack, so all should be good, right? Secondly, even in packs out in the wild, there are rules and regulations that apply to all of the dogs that are banded together, and if these rules are not tolerated by single members of the pack, they will be expelled. So, keeping all of this in mind, here are some tips to make sure that you’ll have an easy time managing two dogs in the house.

You are the Alpha of the Pack

Every dog pack or clan has an alpha female or male that lays the groundwork and the rules. In your home clan, you are the alpha dog and what you say goes. You should not play favorites and treat each dog as equals. A stern “NO” will keep either of the two dogs in place, and fighting between dogs is absolutely not allowed. (Of course, play fighting doesn’t count.)

You rule, and you enforce the rules, and if you have to when one misbehaves, send them to the crate or their bed for a few minutes to teach them that what they did is not acceptable.

Feeding Time

A lot of fights and bad manners happen around feeding time, so keeping them separate during feeding is a very wise choice. Always feed the calmest member of the two first, and make sure you keep the other dog’s attention away from the first dogs food.

Fair is Fair

Make sure you divide your time equally between the two dogs, Fair is fair and neither one should feel neglected by you for the other. If one begs for more attention, make sure you reciprocate in kind to the other dog so they both see there are no favorites.

My Space, Your Space, Everyone’s Space

Unless there are dedicated bedding spaces for each dog, or dedicated crates, then all the space around the house should be shared equally. If one dog lays on the bed the other should be allowed that luxury too. If one likes to sleep on the couch, then let the other one sleep there as well. Obviously, if they have

their own beds that’s something else, but then just make sure they each have their own bed. If you can make them feel equal, you won’t have to worry about one or the other trying to take control.

Play Time

Playful dog fighting is common, and biting necks, tails, jumping and mouthing each other is all a part of the game. But make sure to watch them for the first several times they play together. If one tries to assert dominance and turn a play into genuine rough housing, you have got to be able to nip that behavior in the bud. If you don’t, you’ll have all kinds of trouble down the road.

Treats

Dogs love treats and you probably love to give them treats as much as they like getting them. But never tease one or the other and never ever show a preference for one getting a treat while the other just watches and gets nothing. If one gets a treat they both get a treat, and that way there will never be any animosity towards each other

Twice as Nice

If you use the tips above, both of your dogs will become great friends, they will respect you as a leader, and they will both do their best to please you any which way they can. That’s twice as nice for everyone.

About Author

A special thanks to Mary Nielsen who is a passionate dog lover, blogger, and part-time music teacher. She started MySweetPuppy  to share her ups and downs of being a pet parent to a bunch of adorable mutts. When she is not playing with them or teaching, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen.  Here is the link to Mary’s website website:  http://mysweetpuppy.net

A very moving and lovely fan letter

[To daughter, Jane, from her mom.  Jane gave the book to her mom after her Maltese, Chippy, had recently gone to the Rainbow Bridge.]

“I love the book so much and read it every night. Since I got it I am sleeping better than I have in a long time. It is a very special gift. I feel like you and Chippy are telling me a nighttime story. Love you Mom💐🐶😘”

“I showed it to 2 friends today and they thought it was incredible 🐶🐶💕💕”

Happy New Year and more Happy Tails Untold Personalized Pet Book owners

Now with the holiday rush over, here is what a few of our new happy Tails Untold Personalized Pet Book owners had to say (Don’t you just love the names?!):

Marshall’s Book

“I got the book in the mail yesterday and it is absolutely adorable!! I couldn’t be happier with it thank you so much!! We will definitely be referring you to friends and will definitely order another book in the future! Thank you again so much you did an amazing job 🙂 – Christina”

Weezie’s Book

“I got the book and tried so hard to wrap it to put under the tree for Christmas but couldn’t wait to give it to Joe. He was very emotional and shed a few happy tears while reading it!!! Thank you so much for getting this to me so quickly! Let me know if have a Chicago version in the future!!! 🙂  – Katie”

Raspy’s Book

“I receive my book last night. It is so perfect. I read it from cover to cover and cried so many happy tears. Thank you so much for working so hard so I could have this by Christmas. This is such a wonderful book.  Thank you!- Sam”

Leila’s Book  Before Christmas

“I came home from a very busy weekend/Monday working at my hospital to find the book waiting for me. I laughed out loud at how cute it was! Thank you so much. My husband is going to die of happiness. Neither of us had a pet growing up and when I adopted Leila, she became the mascot for my family, so much so that my parents ended up adopting a dog of their own. Joe grew quickly to love Leila and now she is the mascot of HIS family as well. His aunt and uncle got a dog, too, after meeting her. She is such a special creature. Thank you for the adorable book and all of the personal touches. I know he is going to be incredibly tickled when he opens it on Christmas. Thanks also for your speedy delivery. I was resigned that I had stumbled upon your site too late for the book to arrive for Christmas but I am thrilled that it is in our apartment, tucked secretly away.
Happy Holidays to you! – Krista”
A Leila follow up After Christmas

“My husband LOVED the book. He told me his eyes were all prickly and his heart was fluttering. His aunt burst into tears altogether. He was walking around the crowded house showing people and saying, “MY wife WINS at present-giving.” (He gave me a beautiful amethyst and diamond necklace so frankly I think HE wins.) Anyway, we are going to sit down tonight, just the three of us, and read the book together.
Thank you again for your work. – Krista”

 

 

More Happy Tails Untold Personalized Pet Book Owners

tails-untold-book-on-white-backgroundThese testimonials, really make our day!

Molly’s Book

“The book arrived and it’s beautiful! I cried and I’m not a crier! Can’t wait to give it to my folks :)” (Subsequent note, Molly had hurt her leg, right after Molly’s Tails Untold Personalized Pet Book was ordered)

“My parents adored the book! They were both so glad! And Molly’s leg is starting to get better 🙂 ” – Jenna

Cato’s Book

“It is absolutely incredible, I was going to give to my mum for Christmas but couldn’t wait because I was so excited.  She absolutely loved it, thank you so much.”

Lorelai’s Book

“It arrived over the weekend and is lovely. I’m going to give it to the kids this coming weekend. Funny enough, we have family in New York whom we visit, so the story with Lorelai is even more personal! This will be a wonderful keepsake of their beloved dog.’

[Subsequent note]

“The family loved it. Skye is only six months old, so she didn’t have a lot to say on the matter, but almost-three-year-old Grayson thought it was pretty neat. He remembered Lorelai when he saw her picture and said her name. He loves books and reading, so I know that this special keepsake will be in regular reading rotation for him (and later Skye).

Thank you again for your wonderful work!”  – Katherine

Shiloh’s Book

“My partner had tears in her eyes when I gave it to her.  It came out better than imagined! And I got it last night and was able to give it to her right on time for her birthday! Thank you so much!  – Kira

Dexter’s Book

“The book arrived.  I can’t begin to thank you enough.  It is beyond perfect!  Laughing and crying all at the same time while reading it is the best.  You captured everything about him and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this amazing memory!!!

We have been sharing his adventures in social media before he passed so I’ll be posting about this and for sure give you a shout out as well.   We are beyond happy with it and so very grateful!”  [Dexter is at the Rainbow Bridge]  -Tracie

The 5 Biggest Benefits of Pet Insurance

 

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As a pet owner, you already know the love and joy that your favorite furry friend can bring into your life. But, what happens when Fido’s medical bills start surpassing that of the rest of your family’s?  Pet Insurance is a topic that often comes up with our Pet Loving Friends.  For those that have purchased Pet Insurance,  all seem to have found that the benefits outweigh the costs.   Not only have they saved money due to the rising cost of Vet bills,  but Pet Insurance also provides a great piece of mind.  When finances are tight, Pet Insurance has helped many to not think twice about taking their pet kid(s) to the Vet and it has helped in making the decision to agree to the tests and treatments that their Vet advises.

Recently, we  were introduced to the “ShieldMyPet!” website.   They have put together a guide on how pet owners can utilize private pet insurance to help offset the rising costs of vet and hospital visits for our pets. It also has a helpful chart on many of the different companies offering pet insurance. If you have a moment you can check the guide out here: http://www.shieldmypet.com/guides/benefits/

We hope you find it as helpful as we did.

Stay well and may your pet kid(s), stay well, too.

 

What are the Typical Dog Barking Laws? A guest Blog from Stephanie Lynch

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We are very pleased to have our guest blogger, Stephanie Lynch, howmuchisit.org, share this wonderful article on Dog Barking Laws. A special thanks to Stephanie from all of us at Tails Untold Personalized Pet Books.

Barking Laws

Barking laws are designed to protect you from chronic barking at your neighbor’s house. Dogs barking can disrupt your sleep, your daily routine and even your health. To protect you from such harm, anti-barking laws are made.

Now, before we get into the specifics of dog barking laws, keep in mind that usually, the best course of action is to contact your neighbor in person. 90 percent of the time, your neighbor wonít know about the issue and will usually do something to resolve the problem. Bypassing this step may often lead to tension or even a lot of wasted time on your part.

Barking laws differ from city to city, but you can learn about them by calling the nearest animal control center or even contacting the local police department. Most of the time, if you search your city plus the word dog barking laws, you will get an official page telling you the local law and how to dispute a barking dog. Do keep in mind that before making a dispute, the local police department will put these complaints on the bottom of the list.

There are many common barking laws found throughout the United States and listed below are the most common types you may find in your local city.

The Multiple-Household Laws

According to this law, barking is considered illegal if the case goes to the court and the victim provides detailed information about the owner, dog and neighbors. The victim has to come forward with some neighbors who have the same complaints before the authorities can take any legal action.

Before it can go to court, however, you will more than likely have to meet with the neighbor, write a detailed letter complaint, file legal papers and gather relevant data. As you can only imagine, hiring a lawyer can be expensive, www.howmuchisit.org if you choose to do it on your own, it can eat up a lot of your time.

This is the only law that requires more than one complaint before the judge may agree to take legal action. There is no specific information in the ordinances of this law as to whether or not it is illegal for the owner to allow their dog to bark. It only depends on the judge to declare that, whether or not, the barking in your situation is illegal. In simple words, this law states the barking is illegal only if the judge says that it is illegal.

The major problem with this law is that most people do not agree to get involved since it can cause conflicts or can take up too much of their time.

The Single Complaint Victim-Driven Laws

To file a complaint according to this law, one has to pass all the procedures as with multiple-household laws but with a single complaint in effect. Only a single victim without any neighbors within a certain radius can take advantage of this law, but most cities don’t have this law in effect, so don’t count on this working for your situation.

The major problem with this law is that it’s going to be you versus the neighbor and most cases don’t make it to court.

The Consecutive-Disruption Ordinances

The consecutive-disruption law only protects you from the noise of a dog that has the habit of barking virtually non-stop. The authorities only take action when the dog barks continuously for a number of minutes, and the amount can be random depending on the local law. Most of the time, it will be around 20 minutes.

This law is not exactly the answer to your problems. Under these ordinances, barking is illegal only if the owner allows the dog to bark continuously without any breaks. But, if the dog stops barking after a few minutes and starts after a few seconds, the countdown resets and begins from the start.

The Common Law

According to this law, if your neighbor’s dog is barking, you can settle the dispute by talking to your neighbor. This law forces the people to settle their disputes by talking to each other before going to the authorities. Most of the time, a neighbor may not know about their dog’s barking and will take action to prevent it, while others may be stubborn and tell you to get lost. Whatever your local laws may be, this is often the first route you will have to take. If you’re curious about the dog laws more in details, BarkingDogs.net went into more detail, along with stories about people who have successfully worked with the law.

More Shelter/Rescue Donations from Tails Untold Personalized Pet Books

We are so thankful to our Tails Untold Personalized Pet Book Purchasers.  New Donations from the sale of these books have been made to:

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center   www.littleshelter.com/#home

Paws ‘n’ Claws Animal Shelter   www.petango.com/pawsnclaws

Help us Honor Our Pet’s Unsung Heroes-Veterinarians

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4 Reasons to Work with Animals Before You Become a Veterinarian (and How Rover.com Can Help!)-A guest blog from Kelly Wright.

At Rover.com, we love the hardworking vets who have dedicated their careers to making our pets’ lives the best they can be!

That’s what inspired us to interview vets from all over the country for our recent feature, Veterinarians Share the Amazing Stories that Inspired Their Careers. Not only did they tell us the incredible tales behind why they followed their dreams into the field, we also learned that their careers unofficially started way before they donned their white lab coats!

Every vet we interviewed had experience working with animals prior to applying to vet school. And as we discovered, there are many great reasons for future vets to follow their lead (and Rover.com can even help)!

Here are 4 great reasons to work with animals before pursuing your dream of becoming a veterinarian:

You’ll learn about the hard parts of the job.

One of many reasons that vets are so remarkable is that their job is often unspeakably difficult — and not just because science is a tough subject.

“Being a veterinarian can be emotionally challenging,” Dr. Mary Gardner of Lap of Love International admitted. “Many people think we deal with puppies and kittens and fix sick animals all day.”

But unfortunately, despite vets’ best efforts, not every animal has a happy ending. And that doesn’t just take an emotional toll on pet parents — it’s hard for vets when they lose a patient too.

“Unfortunately, the dark side of veterinary medicine is that we suffer greatly from compassion fatigue,” Dr. Monica Dijanic of Beaver Brook Animal Hospital said.

Dr. Gardner agrees. “Being a vet is one of the most honorable jobs in the world to have — but it’s also one of the most compassion-draining fields to be in at the same time,” she explained. “You have to make sure you can handle that aspect of being a veterinarian.”

You’ll learn about being a compassionate caregiver in real-world settings.

You can’t learn empathy from a college textbook, but you will learn about it by working directly with animals — whether they’re your own pets or someone else’s.

Dr. Laura Ziegler of DoveLewis volunteered with the Humane Society and did search and rescue dog training when she was in grade school. She also learned a lot through her personal experience of caring for her own dog.

“Cuddles was a sweet little girl, but she had all the problems that miniature poodles have,” she remembered. “She had a collapsing trachea. She also had a liver shunt and had to have surgery, so I learned all about that when I was a kid.”

Through her experience both in and outside of her home, Dr. Ziegler acquired a special perspective on some of the tough times families face when caring for pets. This type of insight is vital to a veterinarian’s training outside of the classroom, and the best way to get it is through hands-on experiences.

You’ll learn how to work with different types of animals.

It’s not always raining cats and dogs — vets work with all kinds of animals!

“In high school, I volunteered with our local animal shelter and the local zoo to get more experience learning about and taking care of all different types of animals,” Dr. Tyler Carmack of Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice told us.

Working with a variety of animals creates more well-rounded veterinarians who can confidently treat whatever critters come their way. You’ll also open yourself up to other aspects of animal care that may be of more interest to you than working with domestic animals.

Speaking of other ways to put your vet training into action…

You’ll learn about job opportunities outside of working in a clinic.

Through your work with animals, you’ll learn there are all kinds of ways you can utilize your training as a vet. You’re not limited to a traditional doctor’s office setting if you have your sights set on a different horizon!

For example, Dr. Elizabeth Carney of Peaceful Pet Passage is a mobile veterinarian. Rather than having patients drop by for care, she hits the road to see them where they live.

“As a mobile vet, I love being on the road versus working in an office setting,” she said.

There are also vets who rarely (if ever!) treat domesticated pets, as they specialize in other areas of animal care. Just about any place you venture that provides a home to animals works with a vet to ensure their creatures are as happy and healthy as possible. Here are a few ideas on where you can share your animal expertise outside of a clinic:

  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Farms
  • Rescue organizations or animal shelters
  • Animal sanctuaries
  • Conservation societies
  • State and federal park and wildlife departments

If you’re looking for a fun opportunity to work with animals, pet sitting with Rover.com is a great way to get started!

“It’s important to have practical experiences with animals, whether it be petsitting, volunteering, or working with them in another way,” Dr. Carmack noted.

“Do something that helps you stand out from the crowd of other would-be veterinarians and gives you a unique perspective on animal care.”

Guest Blogger Kelly Wright explores and celebrates the magical and mysterious bond between pets and people for Rover.com’s Animal Heroes section. If you have an amazing story about how an animal has brought joy and wonder to your life, please email her at kelly@rover.com.

Animal Defense League of Texas Donation

Great news!  We are proud to have donated to the Animal Defense League of Texas today.  This is a no-kill animal shelter in San Antonio.  This was part of the Big Give SA and the Animal Defense League.  I love their motto “Pets are not disposable”.  This donation went to help keep pups cool all summer long by allowing the shelter to build new shade structures that are needed this summer.

At Tails Untold® Personalized Pet Books, we believe every pet deserves a loving and forever home so we donate a portion of the sale of each and every book to a shelter/rescue.

You can visit here to make your own donation.  https://www.givedirectcharity.org/donate/?cid=12201

The Awesome Health Benefits of Having a Four-Legged Family Member

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I’ve always been an animal lover, and grew up consistently having at least one family pet as my constant companion. But things change when you become the adult responsible for caring for a family dog, and the extra cleaning that comes with having a pet was not on a list of things I was dying to do!

But my husband and kids were dying to have a pooch in the house so we recently adopted an amazing mutt from a local shelter. It didn’t take long for me to fall absolutely in love, of course, especially after seeing what a positive influence she was on our family. As a matter of fact, I have science to support my claims: Research has shown that dogs provide a number of different emotional and physical health benefits to the humans that love them. Here are a few unique ways man’s best friend has a healthy impact on our lives:

Dogs inspire their owners to get moving. To take the best care of our pups, we have to ensure that they are getting plenty of exercise throughout the day. One of the best ways to do this is to join them in the fun! This article points out how having a family dog can also be an especially effective way to encourage children to play with their pet, and ward off the risk for childhood obesity.

Pooches are an adorable stress-buster. The reason we tend to feel better around our dogs is because interaction with them literally tells our brains to be happy. This article the health benefits of our dogs explains that spending time with our critters releases a hormone called oxytocin, a neurotransmitter known as the “love hormone” because of its role in making us feel connected with others. The higher our oxytocin levels, the more naturally equipped we are to handle stress.

They have potentially-lifesaving olfactory senses. Dogs are known for their acute sense of smell, and now they are using it to help their two-legged companions. Research has shown that dogs are able to detect health issues such as low blood sugar in diabetics and even some infections. Scientists are also now studying the canine ability to detect cancer, and hope to create a form of technology based on dogs’ natural gift of smell.

They provide uniquely compassionate therapy to those coping with cancer. Because of their abilities to boost the mood of those around them, dogs are frequent visitors to cancer patients undergoing treatment, and can be instrumental in managing emotional stress that often leads to serious mental health issues like depression. According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, their presence also provides physical benefits such as a decrease in pain and blood pressure.

Dogs don’t just provide us with unconditional love and incessantly wagging tails. In fact, sharing our homes with them may actually provide many unique and wonderful health advantages. A new dog may even be the health remedy you’ve been seeking!

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Thank you for this great information from our Guest Blogger, Vee Cecil!  Please let us know how your pet whether a cat/dog/bird/hamster/or any pet has improved your life!  We love your comments.

Vee Cecil is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor. Vee is passionate about studying and sharing her findings in wellness through her recently-launched blog.