It is the season many puppy parents dread. The loud booms, bangs and screeches that many and most fireworks put off can scare even the most typically docile pooches. Keep a few safety tips in mind.
-Keep your dogs in doors! If they are comfortable and conditioned to use a crate it's another great way to keep them calm. Play classical music and offer safe and healthy chews and/or treats.
-Puppies should be allowed to experience a subtle version of the season's noises. If encouraged to keep calm through the sounds now, they will be less likely to develop fear in the future.
-If your dog needs to be outside make sure the yard and/or collar leash is 100% secured. Supervise your dog so that if he/she does get freaked out enough to break off their collar or jump the fence you can be there to quickly save the day.
My name is Kim, I've grown up in this beautiful place we call Marquette, MI. I have always been a lover of animals and my love for them has only grown stronger with age. I love all animals from mice to cows, to pigs and frogs. Of course as dogs are the ones living most closely among us they have become my passion. I worked for a kennel for 2+ years, and I loved caring for the dogs all day. Being a kennel worker significantly benefited me while I was studying dogs however the time came to follow my calling. In April 2010 I graduated with my diploma in Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor from Penn Foster Career School, and have since begun building my experience in the field. I am currently owned (along side my husband Rick -who is also in the dog business as a groomer, and plays an active part in TacoMo as well) by 2 dogs named Rico Suave a 50lb adorable mix (His DNA came back as one parent being 1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/4 Pomeranian, & 1/4 Dachshund, the other parent while not confirmed is potentially an English Shepherd which honestly makes the most sense) and Smorzy a 50% Australian Shepherd/50%Shetland Sheepdog. They are a crazy duo and are not perfect by any means but I love having the tools to control their behavior whenever I need to. I love my dogs so much that TacoMo was named after them (Rico's nickname is Taco & Smorzy's is MoMo)! You'll learn by meeting me or reading my posts that while I can be a quiet person, I can also babble on forever!