Posts Categorised: Dog Behaviour
All our four legged friends are such lovely souls and it’s such a delight to see them each and every week. We’re there to dispose of the dog poop but we always make sure we spend time with our four-legged clients.
They get more and more comfortable with us and crack us up with their different quirks. This week I wanted to tell you about two very lovely dogs call Zander and Kingston.
Zander is an Australian Kelpie and as soon as I arrive to pick up the dog poo, he brings me a toy to kick across the garden. It’s a different toy every single week it’s so funny to watch. He brings the toy over….but not too close…..then he gets really close to the ground waiting for the moment I kick it. I try and trick him by kicking it in a different direction, but he’s too clever, he knows exactly where its going. That’s kelpie dogs for you!
Kingston, the staffy (or Staffordshire Terrier for the full name), lives with Zander but while all this fun is going on, he just watches with his tail wagging.
One of my favourite habits is Zander’s escort service. But it’s not what you think! When I arrive he always greets me at the gate. He walks me in, wants a big pat, and lies down while I get on with the poop scooping. When it’s time to go, he trots up and walks me back to the gate. Such a polite dog.
And while I say “always”, if it’s raining, forget it!
Leave a comment or tell me about your favourite dog breed, and what they do to make you laugh.
The Team at The Poop Scoop Service.
Last week I went to see the Boxers, Rocco and Junior (as I do every week).
I was greeted by Rocco and he was thrilled to see me, wagging his tail and wanting me to try and get his toy off him.
I couldn’t see Junior, so I thought he must be at the Vets. I continued on with the job in hand.
When I had finished the job, I saw that there was only one dog food bowl and only ONE bed! OMG!
I thought to myself, poor Junior has passed away! So I said goodbye to Rocco, got in the van and I had tears streaming down my face. I finally pulled myself together before I got to Hugo and Phillipe’s house.
When I arrived home, I thought I would send an email to the Fur Parents and asked what had happened. When I checked my emails, there was an email waiting for me…………”sorry, forgot to let you know that Junior is at my Parents house as Rocco is recovering from an Operation”!!!!! Phew…….
Goodness me! Next time I will not come to the worst conclusion first.
Hope your pets are keeping warm.
The Poop Scoop Team
The Poop Scoop Unleashed
We visit a lot of dogs around Perth, scooping their poop and taking it away to leaving a trail of clean backyards, happy dogs and happy owners.
It’s very satisfying but I know you’re wondering how there are any perks to the job.
Well, it’s the dogs we visit that make it a really fun job. They’re all so gorgeous!
If you are a dog owner you know how different each dog can be. And every dog we visit has it’s own personality.
One of the guys we visit is Zeus. He’s a Rottweiler and such a funny guy. Zeus is HUGE and weighs in at around 55 kilos so he’s not a dog to mess with.
But when we arrive, he cracks us up because he behaves differently depending on whether his Shitzu mate is there or not.
If Zeus is on his own, he is very aloof. He may not even greet me at the gate and will just sun himself by the pool. He’s a total cool-cat (if you’ll excuse the reference). That’s ok though, because it means I’ve got time to get around the yard and remove all the dog poo and when I am done, he’ll reluctantly give me cuddle.
If his Shitzu friend, Cougar, is with him well… Zeus will bark and madly wag his tail (almost bending himself in half) and can’t wait for a cuddle. What a show off!! And if I try to pat Cougar, Zeus will push him out the way.
After we’ve said hello they let me pick up all the poop, but I can be sure that when I turn around; there they are, sitting together watching me. Making sure every thing is being cleaned up properly.
Zeus and Cougar, two very funny guys… You see, there are perks to the job!!
Until next time, Love Your Pooch and Your Garden.
The Team at The Poop Scoop Service.
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
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