Dog care expert and boarding facility manager Becca Rainwater joins Crystal for a lengthy conversation about dog boarding, daycare, and everything you need to know before choosing one for your dog.
As long-time industry insiders, Crystal and Becca cover common red flags and discuss realistic expectations when evaluating the many options for your dog. Ever wondered what the job of kennel tech entails? How much poop is acceptable? What is a good employee-to-dog ratio? How do disease and sanitization factor in? And which style of facility is better – Open concept or kenneled with structured playgroups; large scale or boutique?
Listen in and get all the nitty-gritty details before you drop your dog off anywhere.
In this episode, we talk about what it means to mourn a dog and why it’s important not to buy into the “it’s just a dog” myth.
Losing a dog can be a devastating experience, but there’s more to it than one might think. What’s the science behind our connection with dogs? How does hospice care for a dog and the process of letting them go intensify the experience? How do we know when to let go? And how can we get through mourning without falling victim to depression?
Jordan Greene returns for this episode to share her unique dog loss experience and how sharing her grief with the world reveals the issues with treating dog loss lightly.
Proud destructo dog mom and behavioral therapist, Mindy Mitchell joins Crystal on this episode to talk about why dogs chew, why they target the things they do, and why they sometimes eat those things too!
Will your dog grow out of their destructive phase? Can’t you just punish destructive behavior? We’ll tackle these myths and cover what you can do to be effective without inspiring a wicked game of chase in your living room.
What causes destructive behaviors? Let’s talk puppy teething, curiosity, self-soothing, anxiety, Stinky’s passion for underwear, and Brue’s love for anything he can swallow.
Recommended for Teething: Kongs (frozen with stuffing like natural peanut butter), frozen carrots, soft puppy recommended teething toys from makers like Nylabone (or similar makers), Rope toys
For dogs who eat things: We’ve had luck with Benebones, Whole Bones (size appropriate for the dog/too big to swallow), interactive puzzles. Closely monitor all toy interactions if your dog eats things and avoid items that trigger their need to swallow the item (like fabric toys which are similar to socks and other commonly ingested items). Before giving a dog who eats things any toys, teach “drop it” and “leave it” commands first so that you can get an item away from them easily if needed. Hiring a professional trainer for this is highly recommended.
**Sorry, no video this month, folks. It’s been a rough February down here in Texas. We’re just sticking with audio-only for this one so you get it on time. Here is a cute picture of Stinky in his puppy prime though.**
Whether you’re looking to integrate a new dog into your home permanently, foster peacefully, or just get through the weekend with Aunt Betty’s 4-legged hell-raiser, this episode on introducing dogs is a must.
Lindsey Ortiz, CPDT-KA, President of Love-A-Bull, and Director at Taurus Academy Burnet (dog daycare & boarding) has introduced thousands of dogs, many of which were powerful breeds like pit bulls, shepherds, and retrievers. She returns this week to talk about the art of positive introductions and setting dogs up for long-term success.
Is it true that dogs can just “work out” their differences? Are two females destined to fight? How do we avoid those surprise conflicts later on? And how is Lindsey such a good dancer? Listen and find out.
For more information on how to kindly and effectively manage your multi-dog household, we highly recommend the quick and easy read: Feeling Outnumberedby Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., and Karen B. London, Ph.D.
Think you’d know what to do if your dog went missing? Think again!
Special guest and best-selling author Teresa J. Rhyne joins Crystal on this episode to talk about all the things we do wrong when our dogs go missing, and what we should do instead. Teresa became an expert on this subject when her Beagle foster dog, Poppy, slipped her leash and escaped to a vast wilderness park in California. Her latest book, “Poppy In The Wild,” chronicles her adventures while in search of Poppy, including all her early mistakes and what she learned from the experts about tracking and capturing dogs.
Why shouldn’t you canvas the neighborhood with twenty of your friends? How can you use scent to lure your dog back home? What are some of the things you can do to reduce your dog’s flight risk to start with? We cover all of this and more in this special 90 minute New Year episode.
If you’re actively searching for a dog, be sure to check out the Do’s and Don’ts list below and contact information for professional pet locators that can help you.
Happy 2021! May your dogs stay safe, secure, and healthy in the new year.
Babs Fry – Free Phone Consultations for people with lost pets 619-249-2221.
Whistle – GPS Collar Tracker (New Years Sale going on now!)
Important Do’s & Don’ts For Finding a Lost Pet
Do NOT chase your dog. This could drive your pet farther away and into a dangerous predicament like traffic or into the hills.
DO calmly follow your dog calmly if your dog is running from you. You want to keep an eye on your pet without chasing them so you can have a better chance of catching him/her. Knowing where he/she went will be important in finding them again should you lose sight of them.
Do NOT call your pet’s name over and over.
Do call your pet’s name gently but only periodically. They often feel like they are in trouble and will not respond or come out of hiding if you are yelling their name.
Do NOT tell others to call your pet’s name while searching.
DO enlist others to help you put up flyers so you can start to get sightings. This is the #1 way dogs get reunited. You can never have enough flyers up. Minimum of 200 to start with would be our recommendation.
In this episode, Crystal sits down with One Hundred Dogs & Counting author, Cara Sue Achterberg, to tackle the complex challenges of our current shelter situation. What does “No Kill” really mean? What impact did the pandemic really have on our dogs? Are “high kill” shelters worthy of your help? What does the ideal future of shelters look like?
Most importantly, what will it take to empty the shelters and how quickly can we make it happen?
Jordan Greene is back! But did she ever leave? Doesn’t matter because this is part 2! In this one, we’re covering how to decipher your own dog’s tail language, whether or not your dog is a southpaw, and why they really follow you to the bathroom. There’s more too but I don’t remember because it’s all a blur now and time is nonexistent in 2020. At least our skin is moisturized and dewy!
In honor of Pit Bull Awareness month, please support your local Pit Bull rescue. We recommend LOVE-A-BULL.org.
Crystal sits down with friend and long time dog rescuer, Jordan Greene, to discuss a number of random dog questions, exploring dog fiction versus theory and fact.
Is human food really bad for dogs? Why do they target underwear, socks, and remote controls for chewing? What’s the deal with all the spinning before they poop? Why do their feet smell like Fritos? Can dogs be left or right-pawed? And how do you know what your dog saying with their tail?
Check out this fun two-parter where we cover all these questions and then some while doing a little self-care with these super creepy facial masks (sorry about the nightmares). Happy October!
For years, dog parks and puppy classes have been the go-to for puppy and dog socialization, but are you really doing right by your dog by mobbing them with strange dogs and puppies?
In this episode, Crystal and guest dog trainer Sabrina Salazar talk about what it really means to socialize a dog, what’s really happening at dog parks, and how not all puppy classes are created equal.