Potty Training Your Puppy

So you’ve brought home your new best friend!
Everything is hugs and playing until… oops your new friend answers the call of the wild indoors. And before you get upset, remember this is all part of the process of teaching and guiding a young animal into becoming an amazing creature. So now that the mess is taken care of and your home is back to being puddle free, what do you do?pexels-photo-59523

Well, it’s time to start house training your new best friend before the next accident.

So let’s jump right into everything you’ll need to know and learn to help your best friend make the transition into sharing a home with you.

Beginning Your Training….

Yes, you read correctly, we need to begin with your training first. Because after all, this is probably new to you as well. So let’s take a moment to get everything you’ll need to know out of the way before moving forward to teaching your best friend.

First and foremost, your training begins with understanding that accidents will happen. It’s all part of the process.

As your new best friend is learning, sometimes mistakes will happen and sometimes those mistakes may happen on your part. What’s important to take away from here is how you handle those mistakes.

While it may be easy to let your frustration get the better of you, there is never a reason to get physical or angry with your best friend.


What does that mean?

Well, it means, focusing on the things your dog does right and putting less emphasis on punishing your dog for the things they do wrong.pexels-photo-374906
As dogs will always remember getting praise over the times you lose your cool or yell, focusing on teaching with positive reinforcement has a greater effect than relying on other means. And while we are on the topic, punishments such as yelling or rubbing their nose in it, simply do not work. There’s no real evidence that such things have any effect beyond confusing and scaring your pup.

So remove negative reinforcement from your list of options and instead replace it with healthy positive reinforcement.

So…

Reward your pup every time they follow the rules of potty training! And simply clean up the mess and move forward the times they don’t. They’ll be eager to make you happy again, making them more likely to remember the rules of staying indoors!

Manage Your Time and Schedule It Out…

 One of the most important aspects of training a young pup is repetition and scheduling. As creatures of habit, dogs will be able to fall into positive behaviors after enough time repeating the behavior.

So what does that mean for your training?

It means helping your dog learn by setting a schedule and sticking to it. So find a schedule that prevents your pup from needing to answer the call of the wild indoors and stick to that schedule!

It should look something like this:

  • After waking up in the morning, take your pup to the designated spot to handle their business.
  • After the first meal of the day, it’s time to go back out to the spot.
  • Once they finish lunch, you guessed it, back to the spot.
  • Dinner over? Back to the spot again.
  • And finally one last trip back to the spot before calling it a night.

By setting a schedule and sticking to it, you allow your dog to pick up on the training more easily while establishing that the designated spot is the only place to handle their business.

So do what you have to and make sure you stick to whatever schedule you set!
Remember, repetition is king when trying to pick up a new skill and house training your pup is no different.
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So what did we learn…?

Accidents happen…
Instead of punishing your pup, just clean up the mess and focus on getting it right the next time.

Positive beats a negative…
Rewarding your pup every time they get the training correct is a much better training tool than negative reinforcement.

Time, Time, and Time Again…
Set a schedule your pup can learn and stick to it. This way your pup knows when it’s time to handle their business and where to handle it.

Patience is More that a Virtue…
Training takes time and there will be mistakes along the way, so be prepared to help your new best friend learn while accepting mistakes along the way.

So now that we’ve got your training out of the way… It’s time for training your pup!

 

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DIY Pet Smog Mask

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By now you’ve certainly read about the toxic smog enveloping much of Delhi which is currently causing massive shutdowns across the city and wreaking havoc on many people’s daily lives. While this level of smog is certainly unprecedented, it really comes as no surprise to many of the people who have grown accustomed to the declining air quality levels affecting many of the metropolitan area across India.

And while there are quite a few known ways for us people to deal with the smog, there are not too many options for our pets. And considering that our four legged best friends are more susceptible to the harm caused by smog, we felt it prudent to create this guide.

As of writing this piece, there is no commercially available smog mask created specifically for our furry best friends. This has left concerned pet parents with very few options in terms of protecting their pals while outside and exposed to the harmful toxins.

 Unfortunately just putting a regular unmodified dust mask over your pooch’s face doesn’t offer much protection as mask maintain a seal to function.

So we decided to get our hands a little dirty and bring out the crafting supplies to find a solution of our own. And after more than a couple prototypes, we’ve found what we consider the best way to protect your furry friend from the dangers of smog while out on walks.
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Before we begin, it is important to note that the best way of ensuring your pet is completely safe from the dangers of smog is keeping them inside during what is considered peak hours for smog. Though we understand sometimes that’s not always possible, so with that said, let’s jump into it!

What You’ll Need:

  • Muzzle – It’s best to find one that is a bit larger than your pup’s normal muzzle, this gives you room to make adjustments while still ensuring a proper fit.
  • 5 Disposable Dust Masks – try to find some that filter out the smallest particle possible.
  • Hot Glue Gun and Some Hot Glue Sticks – most hot glue sticks are non-toxic once they’ve dried but check the package just to be safe!
  • Scissor- Whatever you have works perfectly!

 Making Your Own Smog Mask for Your Pet:

  • Begin by cutting the disposable masks lengthwise in 5 cm wide strips – Simply hold the masks as if you were going to put it on, then simply cut from each side. After cutting each of your masks into the appropriate width strips, set them aside.
  • Once you have your strips, begin glueing them to the outside of the the muzzle – It’s important that you completely secure each strip of the dust mask to the muzzle with a thin strip of hot glue. Begin by gluing one piece completely to the outside of the mask. Then simply layer each additional piece of the dust mask over the previously glued section. Be careful not to leave any gaps.
  • Continue to layer the dust mask strips around the muzzle until it is completely covered – Once you’ve completely covered the entire muzzle in dust mask stripes, gently blow on the open end to ensure that there are indeed no gaps or holes.


Then, simply let the glue dry and you’re almost ready to protect your pal from smog!
All that’s left is teaching your pup to wear their new mask!

 That  said…

Teaching your dog to wear the mask might be a little more difficult than making the mask, but with a few treats and a couple practice runs, you can train your dog to wear his new muzzle/smog mask.

If you need a few tips for teaching your pup to wear the mask, check out this video for training your dog to wear a muzzle!

Well, there you have it, with just a few things you can pick up from the store, you can make sure your favorite four-legged friend is protected from the smog!

Be sure to stop by our FB page to post a picture of your pal in their new mask!

 

About Unikorn, Inc.

Unikorn is an all-in-one marketplace for pet services that provides affordable and convenient solutions to your pet needs– directly to your home! Through our easy to use website and mobile app, you too can give unconditional love to your pet through our community of caregivers and pet-centric  services.  Order pet food & accessories from the best stores in town, request a vet for house calls, find the best place to care for your pet while you are away, discuss your day to day pet questions with the community, and more!

*NEW!* Unikorn recently launched Social Butterfly, a social networking platform to connect with other pet lovers. Share your favorite photos of your furry friends and follow other pet parents in our exclusive online pet community.

Download the Unikorn App now!
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unikorn.unikornapp

Taking Care of Your Dog During Winter

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Fall is in the air…

As the weather begins to drop, the days get shorter, and we bring out our sweaters, it finally signals the season of snuggling up inside and choosing the coziest spot to relax.

Just as we like to be warm and cozy during this season, our furry friends enjoy the same feeling. Except they probably much prefer a warm lap over a hot chai any day.

And while taking care of our little furry friends is a year round duty, during this time of the year, we have to take a few extra steps to keep out best friends safe and well throughout the season.

So grab a warm blanket, some nice chai, and of course your favorite furry best friend, while getting ready to explore some awesome ways to make this winter a safe and happy one.

Bundle up, it’s cold out…

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our pets get a little cold from time to time as there are times a nice fur coat just isn’t enough to beat the winter chill.

And while some dogs are more suited to the chill of winter than others, more furry friends will need a little extra layer of warmth to make having fun outside a bit more enjoyable.

So if it’s cold enough for you to reach a sweater, you might want to pull out your pupperino’s sweater as well. While they may not show it and certainly won’t be able to tell you, sometimes your pup needs to bundle up.

And besides being super cute, a little sweater will help keep your four legged friend healthy and well throughout the winter.

Just be sure to find one that fits properly, because anything too tight or loose can cause problems of their own. A bit unsure of how to find the right sweater for your pooch? This dog sweater buying guide should point you in the right direction!

Nothing beats a nice warm room…

This one is more for those four-legged friends that are kept outside while their parents away. While it may be tempting to just throw on your pupperino’s sweater before leaving them outside to avoid coming home to a mess, doing so might hurt your best friend.

There’s always the risk that they may become tangled in the sweater, possibly injuring them, while running the risk that the temperature will dip below safe levels, even with a sweater.

So instead of leaving your best friend outside, find a way of bringing them inside. Whether that means giving your pupperino the run of the whole house or simply a safe space within it, is up to you. Just be sure to puppy proof the area, hiding all hazards and things you wouldn’t want them getting into.

If your pup is a bit rambunctious and has you worried about them making a mess, considering picking up a few puppy fences to create a safe little corner, one that will keep both your pal warm and you worry free.

A clean pup is a happy pup…

We all know the feeling of stepping out of a warm shower during the winter, right?  Unless your bathroom is heated, it can be teeth chattering experience leaving you rushing to get dressed.

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Your pup feels the same way about showers during the winter, except they may not have a cozy sweater and blanket to hide under.

So instead of giving your four legged best friend a bath during the winter, opt for some less chill inducing options.

There are plenty of safe and fur friendly options that will keep you puppers smelling good, feeling clean, without putting them at risk for developing a cold.

A blanket and friend to share it with…

While taking these steps to keep your puppers safe all winter long, be sure to remember the best way to keep your pup happy during the chilliest days of the year, nice warm snuggles and some belly rubs!

 

About Unikorn, Inc.

Unikorn is an all-in-one marketplace for pet services that provides affordable and convenient solutions to your pet needs– directly to your home! Through our easy to use website and mobile app, you too can give unconditional love to your pet through our community of caregivers and pet-centric  services.  Order pet food & accessories from the best stores in town, request a vet for house calls, find the best place to care for your pet while you are away, discuss your day to day pet questions with the community, and more!

*NEW!* Unikorn recently launched Social Butterfly, a social networking platform to connect with other pet lovers. Share your favorite photos of your furry friends and follow other pet parents in our exclusive online pet community.

Download the Unikorn App now!

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unikorn.unikornapp
Website: www.myunikorn.com