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Tomorrow is Australia Day and that means BBQs, sunshine, a day off work to spend time with friends and family and …. fireworks! Most of us love the colour and excitement but fireworks can be a nightmare for your dogs.
A lot of dogs get so frightened; they escape the property and just keep running. The RSPCA are kept very busy and so it’s really important for your dogs to always wear pet identification.
If you’re not sure how your dog will react here are some tips to help you, help him:
The RSPCA recommends, you take your dog out for plenty of active exercise before the fireworks start, then after a couple of hours you can feed a meal. A tired and well-fed dog will be far less anxious during the night. If you can, stay home to be with your pet. Let your pet be with you Do not fuss over your pet excessively but try to engage them in normal activities. Do not soothe and comfort a scared dog, it will only increase the problem. Instead, be cheerful and in control.
If you are not going to be home,
  • Put your dog in a safe room in the house, away from the noise
  • Place a load of blankets in there so he can burrow in and hide
  • Leave some chews or favourite toys
Cesar Milan, world-renowned dog behaviour specialist and “dog whisperer”, recommends that you prepare for your dog’s reaction to fireworks, thunder and other noisemakers.
The best preparation is prevention so if you already know your dog/s will react badly; start desensitizing them to the loud noises throughout the year. This will really help reduce the startling affect they have and help them stay calm.
Our dog would bark and whine because he was so frightened by the nearby fireworks (and thunder during storms) but by following The Dog Whisperer method, we have managed to help him overcome his fear. It was also thanks to The Claremont Showground fireworks that happened every night for 10 nights, during The Royal Perth Show. Now when he hears fireworks or thunder, he may bark, then we tell him to lie down and he is okay.  It gives him the reassurance that we are in control and there is nothing for him to worry about.
If you take your dog to this “hiding” spot a few times before the fireworks they will get to know that it’s a safe spot and calm down more easily.  And these tips work just as well for thunder and other noisy activities.
If you are not going to be home, but know that fireworks are going to be happening, another tip is to put the television or radio on. This kind of ‘close’ noise may help balance the noise from the fireworks outside.
So whatever you are doing this Australia Day, think of your dog too and make sure he (or she) is safe.  Feel free to leave a comment with any extra tips you have learnt!
See you next week,
The Team at The Poop Scoop Service
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Happy New Year Everyone!
 
Did you have lots of Christmas fun with your family, friends? And with your pets of course! We hope you steered clear of the dangerous food for dogs  and gave them their own treats.
 
At this time of year most people start thinking about the coming year, especially New Year resolutions. We usually think about ourselves (losing weight or changing jobs) but, what if you made this year’s resolutions about your pet
We give you The Poop Scoop Pet Challenge for 2011.
·         Get up just 30 mins earlier than normal
·         Take your dog (or dogs) out for a walk or a run
 
What do you get out of it?
 
A Happier Pet. Dogs are born to travel, so even a quick walk will make them feel so much happier. And happy dogs are much less likely to wreck the garden while you are out.
 
Social Time With Other Dogs. Dogs love this social time and when they meet up, they run around with each other and really tucker themselves out. It’s also a great opportunity to chat with other dog owners.
But the best thing about exercising your dog is …
 
You’re exercising too! Like most things, if you have a friend or neighbour to go with you, you are more likely to get up and go. Your dog will LOVE you for it.
Here’s a Top Dog Walking Tip from Cesar Milan (Dog Whisperer):
Walking in front of your dog allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if your dog controls you on the walk he is the pack leader. TIP: Be the first one out the door and the first one in and keep your dog beside or behind you during the walk.
So get out there and get walking and let us know how you go!
If you already take your dog/s out walking, leave a comment and tell us your favourite spot for you and pooch to go.
The Team at The Poop Scoop Service
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This is the time of year when we’ve got a house full of people and a table laden with goodies but it’s important to remember that not all our lovely, festive food is good for our dogs. In fact, some of it is downright poisonous!
Here are some foods to keep clear of the floor and out of your pets bowls this Christmas.

Chocolate – Tasty But Deadly For Dogs
As humans we can feel like we’ve overdosed on chocolate but for dogs, chocolate can be quite dangerous. Their heart rate can increase or become irregular and the diuretic nature of chocolate can leave them very dehydrated.

Onions and Garlic – Not Just Bad For Breath
Onions are toxic to a range of animals because they develop haemolytic anaemia, where the pet’s red blood cells burst while circulating in its body. Shocking isn’t it!

Nuts and Seeds – Especially Macadamias
Macadamia nuts are one of may favourites but I’m always very careful where I leave them as they can end up paralysing your dog’s hindquarters. They will recover but it’s very painful and worth being extra careful.

Other foods to keep away from your dogs are:
· Grapes and raisins
· Avocado
· Cooked Bones (with sharps shards & splinters)
· Corn Cobs (tricky to digest)
· Broccoli (in large amounts)
· Rhubarb and tomato leaves/stems
· Alcohol and hops
· Coffee grounds
· Potato peelings
· Spoiled food … if you wouldn’t eat it then it’s not for pooch either

But I’m sure they’d love a doggie treat so make them feel part of the family this Christmas (as we know you will). In fact, leave a comment below and tell us what is your favourite festive doggie treat to give?

From everyone at The Poop Scoop Service, we wish our happy customers a very Merry Christmas and their Mums and Dads too! We’re already looking forward to 2011.

Until 2011, Love Your Pooch and Your Garden

The Team at The Poop Scoop Service

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Did you know that dog poop is a huge breeding ground for flies and fleas? What an opener, I know!!

But with summer making it’s presence known, a lot of Poop Scoop customers are getting their property cleared twice a week. This means you don’t have eggs being laid in the dog poop lying around And the garden stays a lot clearer when you’re out there most.

One of our twice-a-week-ers is Marvy, a 1 year old Great Dane and Kuma who is a Grand Ole Rotti Lady.

When I arrive at the house, Kuma will bark a couple of times and then wander off because she can’t be bothered (too old for all that rubbish!!).
Marvy on the other hand, being a young (enormous) whippersnapper, is so delighted and so excited for a big hug that I usually have to push him out of the way so I can get inside!

While I get on with picking up the dog poop, Kuma gets on with a doggie nap but Marvy will follow me around every step of the way (clearly hinting that it would be much better if I gave him more hugs instead of picking up stinky poo!).

Then when the garden is clear, I’ve filled up their bucket of water and it’s time for me to leave, Marvy always rushes to the gate and gives me a look that says “doooon’t leeeeeaaavve meeeeee”. He kills me when he does that, so I try not to look at him in the eye!

Enjoy this gorgeous summer sun!

The Team at The Poop Scoop Service.

PS Don’t forget to keep your garden clear as the weather starts warming up. You’ll notice less flies and fleas not to mention a garden you can enjoy!

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