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Crate Training Your New Puppy
Welcoming a new puppy into your home can be excing and stressful. It is important to provide your
new pup with a safe, secure place that is all their own and this can be done with crate training. Here are
some ps to make the transion easier. First and foremost, it is important that you pick the right size of
crate. Your pup should be able to sit, stand, lie down and turn around. With growing pup this can mean
buying a few crates in their life me. It is also important that you make the crate nice and cozy for your
new puppy, so be sure to put down a blanket or a towel so that they have something so& to lie on. When
you are 'rst crate training your puppy, keep the crate somewhere where you and your family spend lots
of me, whether it’s the kitchen or the family room. You can move the crate somewhere else once Fido
is used to the crate. You want the kennel to be a safe spot for your pet, so it is important that you don’t
push or force your puppy into the crate. The crate should be associated with posive experiences. When
you are 'rst staring out, leave the kennel door open and place treats or your dog’s favorite toy inside.
We want the puppy to enter the kennel voluntarily. Once your pup is comfortable around the kennel and
is going in and out of the kennel, you can start con'ning them to the kennel in short sessions (about 5
minutes). These sessions should be a&er a walk or some playme. A bit of whining/crying is normal and
can be ignored. As your puppy gets used to the 've minute long sessions, you can slowly increase the
amount of me that they are con'ned in the kennel. A&er a while of this, your puppy is good to be put
in the kennel when needed. Remember that each puppy is di0erent and it may take a while to fully crate
train your puppy. Be paent and remember that they are sll young and learning so much

Brushing Your Pets Teeth Made Easy
Did you know that you should be brushing your pet’s teeth daily? It’s true! In fact periodontal disease (or dental disease) is one of the most commonly diagnosed health problem in cats and dogs. So, if you think that Buddy’s breath is extra stinky, it’s probably time to start brushing. But, not all pets like it when you start sticking things inside their mouth. Here are some tips for success.
First off, be sure to buy a pet toothbrush and toothpaste. Not only do they have a variety of sizes (from brushes small enough for cats and big enough for Saint Bernards) but, the toothpastes come in lots of different flavours like chicken and fish, so you furry friend won’t mind brushing their teeth as much. As well the polishes are fluoride free, which is important as fluoride can make your pet sick. You can buy everything you need at the vets.
Now, getting down to brushing: the key is to start SLOW. Fluffy isn’t used to having fingers in their mouth, let alone a whole toothbrush. Next time you’re cuddling on the couch watching Netflix, start to play around with your pet’s mouth. Rub their cheeks and see if they will let you stick your fingers in their mouth. If they are really friendly you can try to rub their teeth and gums. If they’re not feeling up to it, take a break and try later. We don’t want anyone to get bitten. After you have done this a bit (it may be 5 minutes or 5 days) if you’re feeling comfortable, put a bit of pet toothpaste on your finger or a finger brush and gently brush your pets teeth. Repeat this for the next few nights. Once Fido is super comfortable with the finger brush, you can move up to the full sized toothbrush! Apply a small amount of pet toothpaste on the bristles of the brush and gently brush in circular motions on your pets teeth. It’s easiest if you simply slide the brush between your pet’s cheek and your pet’s teeth instead of trying to pry open their mouth.
There you have it! Once you are done brushing be sure to give your pet a nice belly rub, they’ve earned it. If you would like to book an appointment to be shown these step in person, and to discuss other ways to keep your pet’s teeth clean or, if you have any questions give us a call at 780-705-2131.

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